Vietnam had been an important symbol for capitalism for the USA government with the fail of China in 1949 and the failure in Korea from 1950 - 1957 it was essential for the US that Vietnam maintained a capitalist presence and not lose Vietnam to communism. Since it would be a massive personal blow to the US government as well as the US authority around the world. There are many arguments that US tactics were inefficiently used. To begin with they used heavy bombings which did damage North Vietnams supply routes the Ho Chi Mhin trail but it did not stop the trail which provided the Viet Congs with equipment and weapons from neighboring countries. It's an embarrassment that the US failed to stop countries such as Cambodia and Laos since the
But they suffered a major loss, almost 100 British officers lie dead or wounded. The British definitely couldn’t afford to suffer another heavy loss like this. The British really underestimated the American Colonists, they thought that they would easily beat the americans. But they have finally met their match. The British had a total of 1,154 casualties, to the 441 American casualties.
From the beginning, having the Shah in was a totally unwise decision because it will reflect a negative image to the new Iranian government. Not only that, also they were in a revolutionary situation where all people are radicalized. This crisis was of the nastiest crises to the American people because it affected them directly and affected public opinion in the United States for 444 days. Correspondingly, I believe that it’s Carter’s baggiest failure and if it didn’t happen or it was managed differently, I would probably have a different opinion on his foreign policy. What is worse than the problem itself is the way he interacted with it.
The Vietnam War was a long war that was devastating to the United States as well as Vietnam. The war was a total disaster for the South Vietnamese and was also a political and social disaster for the United States. During this time, chemicals were used during times of war and were detrimental to the people on the receiving end. One instance of this was the United States’ use of Agent Orange in Vietnam. Agent Orange’s use by the United States affected Vietnam in a negative way economically, demographically, and ecologically.
The American’s setback in Vietnam War is already tattooed in their history. It triggered shameful criticism both to General William Westmoreland and the US government. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, an indispensable war, a noble cause, or an idealistic campaign (History Learning Site, 2015). Instrumental to this campaign was American General William C. Westmoreland who engineered the build-up and consolidation of U.S. military forces in South Vietnam. He is considered to be the primary reason why he was not able to win the war in Vietnam as he overestimated the American people’s patience and tolerance of friendly losses.
As the casualties grew, disillusionment began. The news of the Tet Offensive, was received with shock and unhappiness across the nation and started the biggest period of anti-war protests. CONCLUSION The biggest effect of the Vietnam War was the loss of lives and many more wounded. Both countries were ruined. More poverty, suffering continued for years afterward and I just think that when countries go to war, there is no winner because of all the pain and suffering that occurred during and after the
Something that changed, on the other hand, is the numbers of supporters he had. Even a newspaper that’s famous within the black community in the country, The Pittsburgh Courrier, blamed King for being “tragically misleading” with the black Americans. Everyone disagreed with his idea, objecting that there is no link between the civil rights and war. King said that instead of shooting our enemies, it should be necessary for us to love and respect them. Even so, money is being spent effortlessly on the war, instead of helping the lower class which it was a promise the government didn’t keep.
The infamous Vietnam war cast serious doubt on Westmoreland’s claims of progress in the war effort. Even after the war, Westmoreland fought off criticisms of his conduct of the war in Vietnam. The United States began developing ground forces to Vietnam under Westmoreland who had decided to conduct a war based on Attrition. His strategy of attrition aimed to inflict heavy losses on North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces using search and destroy operations tactics and superior U.S. firepower. Westmoreland largely ignored other key responsibilities most importantly in dealing with their counterparts in the South Vietnam’s Armed Forces.
Nevertheless, causing the Americans to declare war. British had a reputation in winning many wars, but after the loss of manpower during the war with France it became hellish. Factors that caused hell for the British sailors were hard labor, beatings, low wages, and fear for their life. This horrible living caused few sailors to even go awol. In result, British forced thousands of Americans to serve and work for them.
He was very troubled throughout his life, and some experts believe this is a direct result of living in a broken home. In conclusion, Joseph Stalin 's Great Purges was one of the greatest genocides to ever occur in history. Joseph Stalin killed millions of people, mainly because they disagreed with his ideas for the Soviet Union. After examining Stalin 's purges, it was clear that the Great Terror had a major political impact, affected the lives of millions and the background of his upbringing was crucial in the study of this genocide. People should learn from this terrible event, so it never happens again because our world could not overcome something so horrific ever
How the Civil War Affected the USA The Civil War is considered to be the most horrific yet influential wars in American History. While the American Revolution revolved around establishing the nation, the Civil War was about deciding the fate of the blossoming nation. But determining the fate of the nation came at a huge cost; approximately 620,000 American citizens lives were tragically lost during the barbarous conflict, which is equivalent to ¼ civilians whom went into combat never returned home. Unfortunately, the gruesome death toll wasn’t the only negative result of the battle. The war resulted in a massive economic cost which came to a staggering $5.2 billion dollars.
World War Two was an extremely harsh and brutal for everyone involved. As many as fifty to eighty million people lost their lives in this time period, for the simple reason that they wanted others to be happy, healthy, and free; or more commonly, they were discriminated against for things they could not control. Soon after the war started, America swooped in with the intent and purpose to distribute equality, freedom, and justice throughout the world where it was not currently readily available (due to the repercussions and new worldviews caused by the war.) At least, that’s what most people think. Much like the cruel and horrific ongoings of what happened in Jewish Concentration Camps created for the Christians, Jews, Homosexuals, and their supporters; America had practiced similar ideals and treatment towards the Native Americans in our country long before this time.
The Tet offensive, which took place on the 31st of January 1968, had huge significance on the political landscape of America, and public opinion on the war in Vietnam. After the Tet offensive, public support for the war plummeted, and with ever increasing support in the anti-war movement and protests, the war in Vietnam was no longer justifiable to the American public. As a result of this president Johnson stepped down from running for re-election, leaving an anti-war democrat running against an anti-war republican. This meant that Nixon was elected, which arguably ended the Vietnam War, due to his change in tactics. This knock on effect started with the Tet offensive, makes Tet one of the most significant events in the whole conflict.
9 “The Army of the 1970s was a terrible organization” said Conrad Crane, retired army officer and chief of historical services at the Army Heritage and Education Center.10 Racial tensions and drug abuse were significant issues for the military during the Vietnam War. The draft, which should have been a social equalizer, aided affluent young men to avoid service through college and other deferments. “Some of the Vietnam Era problems were exaggerated” Crane said, “but there is no question that the Army coming out of Vietnam was largely demoralized and lacked discipline.” 11 Morale of the US Army was already lowered by the Tet Offensive, the My Lai incident brought further decline as hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese women, children and elderly were killed by US troops. Once the information was released to the public, antiwar protests increased and Americans pushed to end the war.12 The American People had little trust in the Army at this
The Vietnam War is very infamous and it has had many consequences on the U.S society and Asian Americans for years to come. One of the main effects from the war is the body count. Over 3 million Vietnamese citizens and 58,000 American troops had died in the bloodshed along with thousands more wounded. The use of Agent Orange not only destroyed Vietnam’s environment, but also caused health problems for the Vietnamese and the American troops using them, eventually leading to cancer. Society wise, the war had changed the way the public saw the U.S government.