Vietnam War Containment

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Vietnam. A country of no strategic importance or valuable goods. From a historical point of view, there was no need or gains that would come from the US invading this impoverished region. History, however, was at a point that deemed control of this country of utmost importance in world politics. After World War II and the development of nuclear weapons that ensued as a result, the problem of who would be the next world superpower arose. With no other threats to American society, Truman felt Communism was the next impediment against democracy, of which the US felt was the greatest attribute to its success. After France, whom the US had already been assisting in aid, withdrew its forces in 1956, American advisors were sent to train South Vietnamese…show more content…
The idea of “containment” and not letting the Soviet Union gain influence and control of the region was perhaps the biggest and only factor for the United States assistance in South Vietnam. In its quest for world supremacy, the US felt it had to do anything in its power to ensure that they would remain on top, even if it meant fighting the Soviets in proxy wars like that of Korea and Vietnam. From a strategic and political view, the war was an absolutely necessary and even though many feel the US had lost, they were better off than had they just remained passive and allowed Communism to spread. More than anything, the Vietnam War was a message to the rest of the world that the US could, and more importantly would, engage in conflict in attempt to ensure that democracy remain the prevalent political and economical ideology existent across the…show more content…
It has hurt our credibility across the world and caused a loss of faith in government by its citizens. Although the necessity of the war is argued by many, it is only done in an analysis of its occurrence. Had it not happened and the world possibly fell under Communism, then we would be arguing the exact opposite. The United States did what it felt it had to do at the time, given the information it had. To go to war in Vietnam was a risk the US felt it had to take in order to contain Communism, thus securing its economic prosperity and worldwide dominance. Though US casualties were large and its psychological effects profound, the Vietnam War was an absolute necessity in order to maintain the greater interests of America for generations to come. Hoffman et al. Major Problems in American History Volume 2: Since 1865. Houghton Mifflin Company,

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