The Vietnam War - An Overview
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This paper analyzes the controversy surrounding the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War, particularly in light of it being considered an unjustifiable war. Then, it tells of the problematic legacy left by the French in Indochina, and how the US became involved there. This includes a discussion about the fear of communism invading Asia. Next, the paper explains the military action in Vietnam, highlighting the My Lai massacre. finally, the paper addresses the war's aftermath and its consequences. The paper concludes by stating that United States lost not only on the physical battlefields of Vietnam but in the moral ones as well.
From the Paper:"Since Ho Chi Minh was backed by communist nations like China, North Korea, Cuba and the Soviet Union, the United States was wary because communism might further spread in the Asian continent especially during the volatile years of the 1960s. To prevent the growth of communist in Vietnam, the United States gradually sent military aid to the non-communist South Vietnam and tried helping the government curb communist influence. Kennedy agreed and in 1961 he arranged for the South Vietnamese to receive the money necessary to increase the size of their army from 150,000 to 170,000. He also agreed to send another 100 military advisers to Vietnam to help train the South Vietnamese army (Simkin, 2005). As the decade of the 1960s moved forward, the escalation of American troops and involvement in Vietnam grew to over ten thousand by the mid-1960s. "By 1965, Lyndon Johnson escalated the war in Vietnam by ordering air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces, which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war (Simkin, 2005)" and this spelt the beginning of the end of America's innocence in being the good..."
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