Many people know of the Vietnam War and its devastating effect on both the United States and Vietnam, but few know of its effect on Cambodia and the mass genocide following the war. The United States, under Lyndon Johnson’s administration, bombed Cambodian villages believed to be containing Vietnamese communists and supply routes. U.S carpet bombing began to increase in support of the pullout of U.S troops in Vietnam. The B-52 bombing campaign ended as a result of a peace treaty between the United States and the North Vietnamese, but the Khmer Rouge and Lon Nol armies continued to fight until Phenom Penh fell to the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge then began their terrible reign and efforts to reconstruct Cambodia resulting in a mass genocide.
In November of 1969, Butterfield watched as Nixon erupted over a series of press reports by journalist Seymour M. Hersh. The president was informed about the massacre of hundreds of Vietnamese civilians by American soldiers in My Lai. The attack was led by Army Lieutenant William L. Calley and it was the best documented Vietnam war crime. Butterfield needed to be informed about anything that was of interest to the president. Therefore, he gathered numerous documents about the case into his documents.
Forrest Gump alone in one ambush had to save about 8 of his fellow soldiers because of injuries. Since there were a lot of ambushes and fights, it’s easy to see how easily the death rate could rise. Also a lot of people received the medal of Honour for fighting for the United stated in the Vietnam war, and so did Forrest. I personally think they did a great job in making these scenes, because it really shows a few things that were really part of the war and although they did let the war appear as not so serious, I do not think that this is really a bad thing because the movie’s purpose isn’t to show how serious the war was, it just a small part compared to the whole
planes, guns, and heavy artillery out of the battle, in order to hopefully save some of Hue. However, when the war started getting very serious, South Vietnam gave us permission to start bombing, so I gave the go ahead. I am really hopeful that we will be able to rebuild the city of Hue up back to it’s prior glory. I am very sad for South Vietnam, being that a lot of their precious treasures were destroyed in all of the fighting. Eventually, after we had been fighting for four weeks, the Communists, North Vietnam had retreated.
How did Ho Chi Minh's army defeat the USA in the Vietnam war? In March 1965, US President Lyndon Baines Johnson gave order to send 3,500 marines to South Vietnam and consequently started America's involvement in the Vietnam war. In short, the main reason that Johnson, Nixon and Kennedy continued to involve the USA in the Vietnam war, was to stop the spread of communism. Also, since the USSR and China had also become communist states, 'losing' more countries to communism would cause America to forfeit its powerful position as 'the leader of the free world'. America assumed it would be easy for them to win the war against North Vietnam, they were a huge military machine against a peasant army, yet this huge underestimating of the Viet Cong
Marshals protecting the building, hundreds of demonstrators were arrested. The anti war movements were also supported and sometimes received direct involvement from many highly influential figures. The civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. went public with his opposing views to the war on moral grounds, as well as Boxer Muhammad Ali who resisted his conscription into service during the Vietnam War. Ali, declared himself a "conscientious objector," earning a prison sentence and a ban from
The French additionally needed the English out of "their" domain, so they collected a gathering to oppose the approaching English, made up of thirty-five French armed force men, and twelve native fighters. In this way, on the twenty-eighth of May in 1754, Washington and his men had an arrangement to sneak into the French camp and take the land for themselves and for the British, yet the one of the French men spotted them and afterward shots rang out loud all around. This was the principal fight that lighted the French and Indian War. Toward the finish of this fight in the forested areas, the British and Washington ended up as the winner to win the fight and effectively (and forcibly) take the land from the French. Thirteen French fighters were slaughtered and 21 were caught.
The United States knew of the terrible terrible situation in Cambodia but gave little effort to help the country because the U.S. did not want to go back to where they had just got out of a war (International Response to Khmer Rouge Rule). Cambodia’s neighbor Vietnam eventually overthrew the regime. According to Cambodia 1975-1979, new civil war began and almost three decades passed before any Khmer Rouge leaders were brought to justice. According to Khmer Rouge, in the year 1997, a Khmer Leader signed a peace treaty with the Cambodian government. In 2006, the United Nations and the Cambodian government started court trials to try to punish the leaders.
There was an inflation of grades during the Vietnam War because “[i]n the 1960s, full-time male college students were exempt from the military draft. If a male college student flunked out, chances were that he would end up as a soldier” (Rojstaczer). With the draft for the Vietnam War, many more people were enrolling in college as it was the easiest way for them to get out of the draft. It might have been a positive thing during the Vietnam War for the rich kids, but it was also a negative thing because the non-rich kids do not have those opportunities, troop numbers were probably limited, and it could have been a sign of weakness. In addition, the grades changed so much as a way to make sure students did not flunk out and were also “in response to changing attitudes about the nature of teaching” (Rojstaczer).
The Vietnam War took place during the cold war era, which lasted many years and could be described as the clashing of two conflicting ideologies between the communist eastern countries and the capitalist western countries. The Americans aimed at stopping the spread of communism in Vietnam, based on the their policy of containment, which was set up to stop the spread of communism to any other country in the world. Many American citizens opposed the sending of their own troops to fight in a war that was not even theirs to lose. Many of the soldiers being sent to Vietnam were members of the youth, which led to increasingly rapid protest action amongst students, as well as the parents of the young men being conscripted. These American troops were being placed to fight in unfamiliar and harsh terrain – as the majority of Vietnam was overgrown with forests and dangerous wildlife - which negatively affected the Americans morale and diminishing their possibility of success in the war.
During the Vietnam War, President Eisenhower placed CIA operatives and many different military advisers into Vietnam. President John F. Kennedy was the one to finally make the decision to send American soldiers over to Vietnam so that we could fight. President Lyndon Johnson announced and ordered the very first authentic combat by American troops, and finally, President Richard Nixon was the one who ended the war all together. Unfortunately for America, despite all the decades of resolve, whopping amounts of money, over 60,000 American lives and injuries, the United States had still ultimately failed to achieve all of its
During the Vietnam War, another war broke out known as the Laotian Civil War. An organization and communist political movement called “Pathet Lao” from North Vietnam was trying to overthrow the Royal Lao Government. While this was happening the CIA recruited the Hmong led by general Vang Pao, (who were an ancient hill-tribe from the mountains of Laos) as a secret alliance, to help aid the Royal Lao Government. (Batson, 1991, “Birth of Pathet Lao” Para. 16) The United States and Hmongs involvement in this are now what is known as the Secret War, for it was kept a secret by the United States government.
While Johnson was President, he declared a National war that was based on poverty and also witnessed the Civil Rights bill become a law in 1965. Involvement with the war in Vietnam started to affect his presidency. Between all the wars, Lyndon increased the population in the American military from 16,300 to 500,000. Johnson was not planning on seeking another
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.
Richard Nixon was the 37th U.S President from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974 and during his term, President Nixon would become one of the most talked about administration. This was due to the Watergate scandal; this would heavily over shadow his other accomplishments and bring the White House under the microscope. Nixon would tap phones and record conversations of people when he would have meetings. He did end the war in Vietnam and improved our relationships with China and the USSR. One of his objections in the United States was to try and bridge the divide in our cities and try to heal the war weary people of our nation, because of all the disagreements over Vietnam.