earA Rhetorical look at Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation Given by Franklin Delano Roosevelt David Thayer English 112 This speech was in relations to the horrible and reprehensive attack on Midway. It was the start of the Unites States in World War II (WWII). The influence this speech had on the American people was of great importance to the acceptance of our entrance to the war. It showed that by allowing the people to know the gravity of this incident it would get their approval. President Roosevelt used Pathos and Logos to attract the nation to the idea that if we did not act swiftly with force we would get attacked again and many more innocent lives would be taken.
This compelled a sense of unity, which in turn helped groups organize to change how the nation viewed the war. Country Joe McDonald’s song emphasizes a misunderstanding between the young radicals of society and their leaders, “And it’s 1,2,3, what’re we fighting for? / Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn” (14-15). An increasingly noticeable ‘generation gap’ started to widen as U.S. News & World Report “assured its readers that Vietnam was a “local war... Big war is not threatened” (Lynskey 89). However, when President Johnson and other military advisors mixed-up events, possibly deliberately, to claim that North Vietnam had just attacked the US naval force in the Gulf of Tonkin- an incident which later proved to be a minor naval clash (Prados 1) and used this conflict as a premise to launch a full scale invasion of the communist state, the antiwar movement consolidated with great speed.
During 1957 and 1965 they have some problems with the government and North Vietnam send their troops to fight against the government. After this the war started. The North Vietnam has the support of other communist countries for example the USSR and the South Vietnam have the support of the US, this because the US was anti-communist. The US sent equipment and troops to South Vietnam, because they were going to help them win this war against the communism. When the war started many American people was against it and want this to end son as possible.
At the same time they tried to create a strong non-communist South Vietnam under the leadership of Diem. By the late 1950s, the communist rebels in South Vietnam declared a revolutionary struggle against Diem, so as to reunify Vietnam under communist rule. In turn, by the 1960s the USA became more and more alarmed at this prospect, leading to further intervention in Vietnam to stop this. When Kennedy was inaugurated he inherited many crises around the globe, the most pertinent was the loss of Cuba. After the well known Bay of Pigs fiasco, he felt he was advised that he needed a foreign policy success.
Upon seeing the underestimated strength of the rivaling powers, the United States had to rethink their strategies and tactics used when dealing with the USSR and Vietnamese powers. This realization that there was a possibility of failure on the United States part led to major changes in the Cold War. The United States understood the strength of those who they were dealing with and recognized they were going to have to improve their military tactics and technology in order to end the war victorious. Eventually, the United States withdrew from Vietnam. Despite the signing of a treaty that promised peace and future elections, the Viet Cong attacked, and a weakened South Vietnam fell to the
However, the fact that in source B, when he says that the death of American soldiers is unacceptable, also fits with the economic and military adviser aid as he was not willing to use military force to uphold their independence even though in source A, he is very devout to protect their independence at all costs, which may have included military force. In addition, another main difference in the two sources is that source B states that Kennedy would have been willing to abandon Eisenhower’s Domino Theory and also his continuing aid to South Vietnam. Whereas source A shows that Kennedy was planning to continue his commitment and not let the Domino Theory occur. The similarities between the sources include the main idea of the Domino Theory as it suggests that their main reason for an increasing commitment to the country is the fear that the theory will come true and cause the widespread of Communism. This is shown in source A as he focuses directly on peace and maintaining independence instead of any other interests.
How far was President Kennedy determined to use military force in South Vietnam in order to stop the spread of communism in SE Asia? (24) President Kennedy was very determined to use the United States’ military strength in South Vietnam in order to stop the spread of communism in South East Asia. The US was the greatest military power at the time and so had the resources available to halt or stop the spread of communism by using military force. According to source C, Kennedy ordered the US Army Special Forces to the train the South Vietnamese Army in guerrilla warfare to overcome the threat of National Liberation Front (NLF) soldiers, who were excellent demonstrators of guerrilla warfare. Kennedy thought that in order to stop the communist soldiers, then the US and the South Vietnamese should use their own techniques in warfare in order to stop them.
Jozeph Kaddissi EN 102 Composition 2 (1:15-2:30) 21 February 2011 Vietnam War: The Fight against Social Injustice The war in Vietnam occurred at a period when the United States perceived communism as a serious threat to democracy, capitalism, American peace of society, and the civilized world. During this period, the USSR and the United States were deeply engrossed in the cold war. The war in Vietnam is only one among the many proxy wars between the communist countries led by the USSR and the capitalistic countries led by the United States. The communist North Vietnam had embarked on a war campaign against the south. Motivated by the need to deter the spread of communist ideology, America felt obligated to intervene to preserve the sovereignty of South Vietnam and possibly to end any further communist incursions in the north.
However, Johnson believed that it was important to end the conflict in Vietnam. According to him, if such disputes were allowed to continue, the whole world would not be peaceful. This reveals that his desire to end the Vietnam conflict was aimed at ensuring global peace. His critics state that during this time the United States experienced domestic problems, which would have been the priority for the president. The crime rate in the United States soured during the Vietnam War with numerous street protests.
Strategic Bombing WW2 During WW2, the Allied and Axis powers each used strategic bombing to try and defeat their enemy economically. Both bombed factories where military weapons where being made to slow down their enemy. Also being bombed where military forces, railways, harbors, cities, civillians, and industrial areas. They did this to try and break down their enemys will to fight, to try and lower their morale and help shorten the war. My opinion on this argument is that there should be no civillians killed by bombs unless it was accidental.