By late 1967, U.S. forces had dealt serious blows to the communists, but the fighting continued unabated. President Lyndon Johnson launched a public relations campaign emphasizing that progress was being made in order to bolster public support. In the midst of this campaign, the communists launched the massive Tet Offensive on the Tet (New Year) holiday in 1968. Although American and South Vietnamese forces prevailed, the shock and scope of the attacks stunned the American public and convinced a demoralized Johnson not to run for reelection. Richard Nixon was elected in 1968 largely because he promised to end the war and achieve "peace with honor."
We continued to help and support the South, but we didn’t directly fight with our troops until later. While John F. Kennedy was president in 1963, the leader of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was assassinated with his wife and his brother by his own military because he wasn’t the greatest leader. Duong Van Minh was a general that took over when Diem was killed. JFK
In a time of drastic change in America, adding such a controversial war to the mix of social issues seemed to many like an inappropriate decision. The Vietnam War, which lasted twenty years, from 1955 and 1975, was the battle for liberation of South Vietnam from North Vietnam. The communist North Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh, was backed by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and communist China in an attempt to overtake the South Vietnamese who were led by the Catholic minority, Ngo Dinh Diem. Before 1960, his corrupt and brutal ways were beginning to wear on his people. By 1963, the United States has decided that Diem must go and authorizes and assassination (Osman, 2 October).
In 1972, North Vietnam attacked South Vietnam. South Vietnam forces struggled on their own until the United States issued aid through US airpower- once again, becoming further involved in the war. Fighting continued through the next few months but as more and more antiwar demonstrations took place by those waiting for Nixon’s plan to follow through, negotiations were made to officially pull the United States out of the war. In January of 1973, the Paris Peace Accords were signed and the United States was officially withdrawn from the war in Vietnam. The steady growth of anti-war protests throughout the Vietnam War showed the passion American people had for their country, as well as others, well being.
The Nixon presidency has been pivotal in debates on American Cold War foreign policy and domestic politics. Next, on day 2 by using comparison between the New York Time and the magazine . then, according to the New York Time, “Saigon, South Vietnam, April 30 - Communist troops of North Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam poured into Saigon today as a century of Western influences came to an end" (Esper). On the other hand, according to the magazine, “The Communist victory of 30 April 1975 from the South Vietnamese (Black April) for that defeat; the victors
By 1975 South Vietnam had fallen under the control of the communist government. America’s longest war was over, but it took more than 58,000 American
The Vietnam War started off with the backing of the American people. Due to the fear of the spread of communism, the American people believed that defending South Vietnamese from the communist north was necessary. However, this way of thinking did not last throughout the war. As the war dragged on, the American people began to realize how more and more soldiers were being killed and yet there was no end to the war in sight. This negativity towards the war was only further fueled by how the television was covered in the war.
The period from 1960’s to 1970’s was a hardship time for Americans because of Vietnam invasion. In an attempt to contain and defeat communism, the United States, oblivious of the enemy capability and filled with pride, invaded Vietnam at a cost of large financial expense and human lives. North Vietnamese military supported by forces of China and the Soviet Union fought the American force ferociously and was able to force America to end its invasion in 1975. As with most other third world countries, Vietnam also has a long history of colonization by European powers.
My father’s side of the family has been militarily involved in multiple wars. Three of my grandmother’s uncles and her father served in WWII, and her brother was in the Korean war and the Vietnam War. Her oldest son Bobby joined the air force, and my father was in the navy, though neither of them served in a war. In an interview with my grandmother, Katherine Moss, we discussed her brother’s experience in the Vietnam war, and the effect it had on herself and their family. Over the course of the Unites States extended involvement in the Vietnam war, nearly 60,000 American lives were lost with 350,000 casualties.
Then in 1958, Communist led, Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government. To support the South 's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors then grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. Then in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against
Black Dynamite, by the director and writer Scott Sander, is a parody of the exploitation film genre, reflected the values and issues of 70s America through over-the-top acting, terrible editing, and humorous dialogues. The story follows Black Dynamite, a Vietnam war veteran who, in the wake of his brother’s murder, vows to end the drug circle responsible for this crime. The plot, which the movie revolves around, addresses themes which were extremely relevant in the 70s.
The war was a very costly fight and in the 60s, we had almost 500,000 men in Vietnam at the time (history.com). The war began when America thought that communism was spreading throughout Asia. The cold war was going on, and America did not want to take any chance of communism spreading. The war was not only was the longest fought by America, but it also gave a glimpse to the American people. It was the first war ever where they had footage of the battlefield and the war was often documented on television.
Growing up in America we are taught to love and support our troops. Many people even feel that our troops, can do no wrong and they protect our liberates , but at what cost ? We as Americans judge terrorists like Osama Bin Laden for the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but we have sayings such as “All's fair in love and war “, which raises the question does the U.S. Military commit war crimes. A war crime “is an action carried out during the conduct of a war that violates accepted international rules of war’. The international rules of war are in the Geneva conventions, which are set into 4 conventions and two protocols.the geneva basically states’’whose purpose is to provide minimum protections, standards of humane treatment, and fundamental guarantees
Throughout the history of the United States, war has become a very questionable topic. The simple idea of war already exudes a barbaric resolve to conflict, but yet it still occurs and even gets support from the public most of the time. Out of all of the many wars the United States has been through, one of the few that stood out to be very unpopular among the public was the Vietnam War. Of course, war itself already contracts negative opinions from many people, but the Vietnam War, in particular, was one of the most hated by almost all people on the home front. It is a subject of question as to why this war, compared to previous ones the United States has been in, was often ridiculed instead of supported during its time.
The Vietnam War lasted from the 1st of November, 1955 to the 30th of April 1975. It was fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the USSR, China and North Korea, while South Vietnam was supported by the United States, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines. There were many factors that contributed to the United States eventually pulling out of Vietnam during the end of the war. Factors such as Opposition to the war, US soldiers, and the failure of US tactics all contributed to the USA’s failure in Vietnam.