1 The USA was deeply hostile towards the Soviet Union and fearing a spread of communism, adopted a policy of containment. 4 In Vietnam the target of containment was Ho Chi Minh and the Vietminh front he had created in 1941. Ho and his chief lieutenants were communists with long-standing connections to the Soviet Union. 5 Hoping to halt a takeover by the communist North Vietnamese (led by Ho Chi Minh) 6, US officials chose to support the anti-Communist prime minister of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem1,. As opposed to the other superpower, America got directly involved, sending not only financial aid1 but actively participating in the military effort.
The Vietnam war was between North Vietnamese versus the United States and the South Vietnamese army. The United States became involved in the Vietnam war because it believed that if all the country fell under the Communist government, Communism would spread throughout Southeast Asia and beyond. This belief was known as the “domino theory” . The US therefore supported the South Vietnamese because there beliefs where non-communism. The government they set up was failing so in 1965 the United States send in troops to prevent collapse of it.
The two policies that caused US involvement in those two regions were containment and later also rollback. These policies were based on McNamara’s “Domino Theory”: If one country turns communist, the countries in proximity of this country would be at risk of turning communist. The actual incidents causing the wars are quite different though: The Korean War started when North Korea attacked South Korea on the twenty fifth of June 1950, two days later, the UN passed a resolution condemning the attack and recommending sending troops for the support of South Korea. The start of the Vietnam War is not very clear, since there were a number of smaller battles/ skirmishes preceding the greater military conflict. The large scale military involvement
While both great generals started, their military careers the same way the rest of their careers were very different. General Lee was a great military general continuing a family tradition while Grant simply excelled at something he was forced to do. Through correspondence of letters both General Grant and General Lee agreed to end the war on April 9, 1865 in at the village of Appomattox Court House. Some believe if General Lee had more support and ammunition then he would have been the winner easily and it would not have taken four years to get the job done. The Comparison of General Grant and General Lee There were many comparisons between the two generals over the course of the Civil War.
Korea, China, and Vietnam all encountered conflict with Americans during the Cold War. The Cold War was a period of East-West competition, tension, and conflict short of full-scale war. It had many causes and was influenced by many events, including both the Yalta Conference and the spread of McCarthyism. Tensions between Democracy and Communism were so bad that in East Asia the U.S did not even recognize the People's Republic of China until Nixon became president. Because of the nuclear technology of the time, the Cold War could have drastically changed the face of the
As the communist party gained influence in Vietnam during the late forties and early fifties, at the beginning of the Cold War, the people of the United States were extremely worried about the threat of communism spreading to Southeast Asia. The Cold War agendas of the major world superpowers made Vietnam a major point of conflict because of the widespread hate of Communism in the United States, the pro-communism agenda of the Soviet Union, and both of their interest in Vietnam. As in most colonized places, the Vietnamese people were oppressed and treated as
In conclusion the Cold War was caused by U.S. fear of the spread of communism and other events. The United States means of control was to contain communism at all cost. Many treaties were put in place to protect the two superpowers. The Soviet Union tried to influence other nations with communism and the United States tried with democracy. This battle of the superpowers lasted for fifty years.
What were the causes? Who was the war between? The war was between the American’s and the Vietnamese. The war started because communism was searching to expand in Vietnam much the way it had attempted to expand in Korea, and the USA had a policy to control, to hold the communists to what they had without expanding, and they were also afraid that if Vietnam became communists, so would other nearby countries, falling like domino's
Prior to the war, the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union was extremely volatile despite having been allies in World War II. The Cold War, if thought about too closely, was actually in a comical sense in that it was the United States and the Soviet Union fighting each other without ever actually fighting each other. Instead, each nation used other “client” nations to fight for their beliefs on their “behalf”. In the Korean War this was very evident. The Soviet Union, a communistic nation, supplied the weapons to the North while anti-communist United States supplied the
The scale of these two wars is completely different. In no way is that saying one war and or the services provided by those involved are more or less important than the other. The reason these Wars Started was also very different. The Vietnam War was started because the U.S was scared of the domino effect of communism. If one nation fell to communism many may follow.