One key reason why the US became progressively involved in Vietnam was the fear of the Domino theory. The Domino theory was arguably the most significant cause for the escalation of US support in the Vietnam War. The Americans feared that if they left the corrupt South Vietnamese government alone, the whole country would collapse to communism and ultimately spread to neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia. The most important reason as to why the United States became increasingly involved in Vietnam was the long-term effect of the Domino Theory. The Domino Theory was the belief that once one country had fallen to communism, its neighbors would do the same.
In this essay, Logevall communicates to us his philosophies that the Vietnam War was an error of judgment. As a final and critical point for Logevall, he states that the war could have been prevented and was a horrible choice for the United States to choose escalation of the war. Logevall begins his essays with the events and time period that led up to the Vietnam War and the significance of this occurrence. He expresses that this era is of most important to the involvement in Vietnam by America and the significance of the American involvement is clear in retrospect and cannot be doubted. Logevall felt that Vietnam was a daily discussion that was of top urgency.
America, as Harman describes, was seemingly invincible, until its involvement in the Vietnam War. In the 1950s, France had already been at war which divided Vietnam into the North and South. France was backed by the U.S. who funded a majority of the war effort and helped take over South Vietnam. But according to Harman, “The US was trapped in a war of attrition from which there was no easy way out,” (Harman 572). He sees the Vietnam War on the whole as not only a waste of time, men, and resources for the Americans, but also a cause of “huge fissures …in US society” (Harman 572).
There are numerous reasons as to why they became so heavily involved. The main reason that the USA got involved was because of their new foreign policy; the containment of communism. It was part of the Truman Doctrine and stated that the aims were to work with their allies to contain the spread of Soviet and Chinese communism using political, economic and (if necessary) military pressures. According to the US, the loss of South Korea to communism could lead to a domino effect of other Asian countries, including Japan, falling to the regime which would be incredibly disastrous. In 1950 President Truman used the Korean War as a way to sell the NSC 68 program which stated that the States needed to increase their army to put it on par with the Soviet Union.
Robert McNamara should definitely take a large portion of responsibility for the Vietnam War but should also be thanked in a sense from where we can learn from his failures. McNamara is commonly known as a war criminal for having tried to win a war that was impossible to win. The war in Vietnam began with McNamara and John F. Kennedy and escalated by Lyndon B. Johnson who for the most part micro managed the entire war. Kennedy and McNamara wanted to control Vietnam because they were scared China would take over Vietnam and turn it communist and if that were to happen it was believed that all the other countries around Vietnam would fall under communist rule. The consequences and the lives lost in the Vietnam War classify as bad judgment by the masterminds of it.
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.
How far was the Korean war a political and military success for the USA? USA’s involvement in within Korea did have both successes and failures but in the end they agreed upon a cease fire so they didn’t win or lose and Korea stayed separate as north and south. The military successes for the USA during the Korean War were high in the rankings. Macarthur masterminded the Inchon Landings which was seen to be virtually impossible as the harbour was easy to defend. But on September the 15th 1950, the US troops recaptured Seoul (SK Capital) and broke out of Pusan.
The Vietnam War was a civil war fought between the communist north and the capitalist south. The USA got involved in this because they feared the spread of communism because of the domino theory. Domino theory is the idea that if one country was to fall to communism then the rest of the countries in the region. “The US leaders were very worried the Vietnam would be just the start of a chain of communist take-overs...This theory was called the Domino Theory”. China had already become communist and Vietnam seemed to follow.
World War II was a unique event in human history because it gave a huge impact on human’s lives, the consequences has shaked the world. There are several effects to be focus on after World War II ended. This essay will discuss the impacts based on its politic, economic, and social and ideology before it determines which effect was the most important one. Politically, World War II had caused the rise and fall of powers that were involved in the war. The war had created the division of two superpowers; The Soviet Union and The United States.
Each citizen brings any contribution to development of the country and on the influences for its development and politicians especially. Some people think that president Lyndon Johnson has betrayed "the American dream" having involved America in the Vietnamese War, but it is impossible to underestimate socially legislative achievements and merits in the field of the civil rights. It is necessary to note its political program "Great Society" including "War on Poverty", development of the social legislation, the program "Medicare", federal aid to education and culture, creation Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. And their influence on the further history of the United States . First of all, changes in the sphere of education and cultures have helped to reduce level of uneducated people (For example rupture between people ended eight-year school was reduced more than twice). Lyndon Johnson has begun the career as the teacher, training students of the Mexican origin.