The consequences and the lives lost in the Vietnam War classify as bad judgment by the masterminds of it. McNamara and all the others involved were clueless about Vietnam; all they thought they had to do was use their military superiority in the correct way to keep communism from spreading. The most crucial mistake McNamara made was when he had doubts about the United State’s possibilities of actually winning the war and did nothing about it. He did not want to argue to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson that we should have withdrew from Vietnam. By doing this, more cities were destroyed, approximately 58,000 dead American causalities, and countless more Vietnamese.
This is because the Paris Peace Accords could never have worked as intended by President Nixon. The first reason is because the Paris Peace Accords were inherently faulty. In fact, President Nixon doubted the capabilities of the treaty, and hoped for an “indefinite inclement” stalemate with the North Vietnam (Berman 9). Even Henry Kissinger, President Nixon’s Secretary of State during his second term, also played a key role in the negotiations, believed that the South Vietnamese would only be able to survive for a year (Dallek 455). Kissinger also believed that the conflict was caused by Congress, which refused to let President Nixon deal with the communist aggressors (Kimball 293).
During the Scare, thousands of innocent citizens were accused of holding Communist sympathies, accusations which had little or no evidence to support them. Arthur Miller, appalled by the wide approval with which McCarthy’s actions were received, set about trying to convince the public of the spuriousness of the charges and attempted to reveal the greed and fear which motivated them. Realizing that any overt criticism would be rationalized by the public, he sought to describe another more removed event that would serve as a parallel to the Red Scare. Due to the striking similarities between the two events, Miller chose the Salem witch trials to represent the Red Scare in his play The Crucible. The impetus behind both the Red Scare and the Salem trials came from the innate
We gained control after the deaths of over 60,000 of our men were killed in the line of duty. Some view this as a failure because the U.S. gained nothing from the fighting because Korea did not gain any land or resources during the war. Through saving the countries that were on the edge of becoming part of the communist nation, America escalated the tension of total nuclear destruction. The amount of cost the containment was for the United States was not seen as a success because the results were few to none and we gained nothing for
Sandra Dunmore 2118 U.S. Hist.1311 The Cold War The Cold War by Jeremy Isaac and Taylor Downing is a book about the history of the U.S. In this book the author talks about how communism has been a part of U.S. history since the eighteenth century. Soviet Union leaders, such as Marx, Lenin, and Stalin continued to spread communism to other nations. The Cold War was not a war of weapons but a war to stop the spread of communism. The book goes into details about how the United States used every media outlet to convince the public of the horrors of communism.
America had none of these at the time and therefore nothing in common with governments going into a communist society. This article ties into the movie in my opinion about talking about the paranoia of people even if right to a certain extent. L.B. Jeffries had somewhat of a right to be suspicious of Lars Thorwald in The Rear Window because he noticed something wasn’t right about how his wife mysteriously disappeared but took a wild guess and accused Thorwald of killing her with nothing but a guess. The United States on the other hand had communism taking over in other countries and feared it because of the Red Scare and McCarthyism even though the U.S. was a superior super power by this
9, The colonists were very angry at the stationing of a permanent British army in the colonies. The colonies knew that it was just a gesture to intimidate them and was not really for their protection. Plus, the added insult of being forced to house and feed these troops made them even more resentful over the abuse of power by England. In answer to this the Constitution in article 1, section 10, which states; “No soldier shall, without the consent of congress, lay any duty of tonnage, keep troops, of ships of war in time of peace. And lastly in the Bill Of Rights, amendment 3, “No soldier shall, in the time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The U.N sent inspectors of weapons of mass destruction into Iraq but Saddam did not allow the inspectors to do their job, so the inspectors withdrew. After 9/11 the inspectors returned to Iraq. Bush was not satisfied with the progress, arguing that any delays disarming Saddam could be dangerous, as Saddam could be trading with Al-Qaeda. In March 2003 small coalition forces, mainly American’s and British went into Iraq and invaded, killing many civilians. Saddam was not found, but was later killed, nevertheless there were no weapons of mass destruction, and there was no obvious link between Al-Qaeda and Iraq.
Lastly, the executive branch failed to keep Congress informed. They did not brief Congress when they sold the arms to Iran and they completely disregarded laws restricting aid to the contras (Lowenthal, 169). The resulting blowback nearly ruined President Reagan’s efforts for global security. The power struggle between Congress and the President was problematic. It appeared that, even though Congress was supposed to be briefed on covert missions in order to decide if they should fund it or not, the National Security Council walked easily through a loophole in the
However, all of this is nulled by the fact that America was set back at all when it appeared that America was invincible. This caused a great distrust in the American people with the military leaders on how optimistic the war could really be. All of this occurred in the late sixties, which was a time of rebellion (and utter ignorance in some sense) going against mainstream ideas. The liberation of other countries was not important to the American people, regardless of