1. What problems did the United States face in the Vietnam War? As the United States struggled against communism in Vietnam, it would face many problems. In the late 1950’s President Eisenhower and later President Kennedy sent military supplies and advisers to South Vietnam. Despite the American aid the Vietcong grew stronger with support from North Vietnam.
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).
How did Lyndon B. Johnson make the Vietnam War his own? Lyndon B. Johnson made Vietnam War his own after the assassination of President of John F. Kennedy in Dallas in November 1963. At the time Johnson was Vice President to Kennedy but would later win a full term in the next election. During this time America had about 17,000 military adviser in the South Vietnam government. Johnson made it his war on Augusta 1964 when a North Vietnamese patrol fired on an American vessel which caused Johnson to proclaim that the United States was a victim of aggression.
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. The territory that occupies modern-day Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, was part of French-Indochina, as one of France’s collection of many colonies.
4. John F. Kennedy was president through 1961 -1963 and was a firm believer in containing communism and made it clear that he would continue the same policy of former President Eisenhower in supporting the government in South Vietnam along with the ‘Domino Theory’ which suggested that if one country in a region were to fall under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino-like effect. While Kennedy had been warned that further involvement of warfare in Vietnam would only trap America in a “bottomless military and political swamp” he still decided to further fund and expand the Vietnamese army from “150,000 to 170,000” soldiers and agreed to send an “extra 1000 US military advisors to South Vietnam” n order to help train the new Army.
I have prepared this report as you requested based on our earlier conversation regarding my proposal to write an article discussing the parallels between the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan War. Being an American draft dodger myself, I felt there were many parallels to discuss. Both these conflicts had troops hunting through rough terrain for an elusive enemy who attempted to hide among the general population or take sanctuary across the border in neighboring countries. For example The Viet Cong and regular North Vietnamese troops used Laos and Cambodia as sanctuaries, while The Taliban used the tribal areas of neighboring Pakistan as a refuge. Government corruption was widespread in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam war, as was also true of the government in Kabul.
War is the medicine for a bad foreign policy and with the side effects of death and mental illness. The united states joined the Vietnam due to the domino theory. The Unites States was trying to contain communism from spreading. The Vietnam war was one of the wars the United States joined that failed to stop the spread of communism. The Vietnam war brought a lot of deaths of American soldiers.
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. After President John F. Kennedy’s death we need to work harder than ever. We have sent troops to South Vietnam to support the government, and to protect eh Air Force base conducting a series of bombing raids on North Vietnam. This series of bombings was starting to escalate the war in North Vietnam. On August 7, 1964 the Gulf of Tokin Resolution was passed to give congressional approval to expand the Vietnam War.
For Nixon, Vietnam was a two-front war, the battle was in Asia and America. Nixon, “saw himself engaged in a contest with the anti-war movement for the public mind in the United States and the private mind in Hanoi”. Clearly understanding that he would need public support, Nixon astutely identified the “silent majority” of American and gained their support for his policy of Vietnamization to end the Vietnam War. First, Nixon attempted an aggressive assault on North Vietnam with increased bombing raids. Soon it was realized the escalation and warfare would not be successful.
The United States had stumbled into another overseas quagmire—history seemed to be repeating itself when, once again, we were led by a group of men who launched wars without exit strategies and fail to understand the nature of their enemy. The United States got involved in order to stop the spread of communism. The belief was that if Vietnam fell, so then would Cambodia, Laos, etc. Vietnam was the longest war the U.S. had ever been it—15 years. In Vietnam, Americans were told that the U.S. was involved because the
In 1985 Stevens retired and he chose Joseph Saidu Momoh as his successor. Just becoming president Momoh was aware that corruption was putting the economy in a downward spiral. In 1991 the fighting in Liberia finally got into Sierra Leone. Momoh sent troops to the border to fight the Liberian rebels. Sierra Leones army came to be under attack by the NPFL and the RUF.
In 1969, President Nixon gave a speech introducing his plan to pull the United States out of the war. The plan, Vietnamization, would consist of building up the South Vietnamese forces while removing US troops from combat. This plan instilled that the South Vietnamese forces would assume more responsibility for the war while US troops went home, as Americans had demanded. April of 1970 proved to sway from Nixon 's plan of removing troops as he announced that US troops would be entering Cambodia. An explosion of protests resulted, including the Kent State Incident previously mentioned.
The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that matched the communist regime of North Vietnam and its allies from the South who are known as the Viet Cong who are against South Vietnam and its primary allies the United States. The war began in 1954 after Ho Chi Minh and his communist Viet Minh came into power in North Vietnam. The U.S. government viewed American involvement in war as a war to prevent communist takeover of South Vietnam as it is declared in the Truman doctrine. North Vietnam and the Viet Cong were fighting to reunify Vietnam under communist rule. This war were one of the conflicts that affected the intense cold war of the Soviet Union against the United States which are also known as the two superpowers.
It was a campaign of surprise attacks against military and civilian commands and control centers throughout South Vietnam. 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
They grouped together, and they were able to be hard, guerilla fighters for communism. The South didn’t want to become a communist country, and the U.S. didn’t want them to either. 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.