Unfortunately, Kennedy’s policies in Vietnam largely escalated US involvement, and Kennedy’s losses in the entire cold war context explain a pretty desperate need for a US “win”. Therefore, it is reasonable to presume that, for getting him stuck with being involved in the war, a significantly large portion of the blame should be given to previous administrations of
Many American citizens in 1959 viewed the Vietnam War as a righteous battle against communism, similar to the Iraq War today however now many view this war as a necessary battle against terrorism. Looking at America's overall goal in Vietnam, it is evident that we did not come close to keeping South Vietnam from collapsing, who fell to communist rule in 1975 (Frankum 210). America's involvement in the conflicts of Vietnam and Iraq were so discordant that our government, people, and military were constricted. Yet both wars were fought with the knowledge that America may change the invaded nation, which brings a precarious question; what makes the government believe that they have the right to go into a country and change it to the way they
• It has its roots in the Truman doctrine and its goal of containing communism. • Vietnam was a major zone of cold war tension after it defeated the French colonialists and created a new government in the north. • President Kennedy and Johnson thought it was a barrier to the spread of communism throughout the regions, perhaps the world. • Secretary of defense Robert McNamara warned Johnson that failure in Vietnam would result in a “complete shift of world power” with the “prestige and integrity” of the US severely damaged. This lead Johnson to continue with the fight.
As opposed to the other superpower, America got directly involved, sending not only financial aid1 but actively participating in the military effort. American involvement in the Vietnam War was an unnecessary commitment which negatively impacted on public opinion of the United States government throughout the world during the 1960’s and turned the civil war between North and South Vietnam into a theatre of operation for the great power rivalry which resulted in increased cold war
The U.S. had learned its lesson from Vietnam, showing American young men fighting and dying too explicitly was no way to keep public support for a war. It is obvious because of the many attempts at peaceful diplomacy prior to the fighting that America needed to win a quick and decisive victory. Some military experts have even referred to the coalition's invasion of Iraq as a “Blitzkrieg.” As a result, the military payed special attention to limit what the media could see in an attempt to portray the war as “bloodless.” Images of Iraqi vehicles being blown to bits by the coalition air forces were broadasted into the homes of ordinary Americans. These images did just that, the unprecedented nature of the intense, precise, air raids portrayed the war as a one sided
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.
Therefore, there wall was the only solution and when that wall went up Kennedy believed that we had no right to control what happens on the other side of that wall because that was not out country. Kennedy did an outstanding thing with all that he actually defused the tensions of a nuclear war occurring. He solved one of the greatest threats the United States has almost had to
He said that no one can control their freedom to help Cuba. This is for the confirmation of putting nuclear weapons into Cuba. Instead of answering America’s question that Cuba is the USSR nuclear bases. They just said it was for defending Cuba. And also to make the situation better which USA had big nuclear bases and land on West Germany and Turkey.
The Vietnam War or Vietnam conflict to some was perhaps one of the most intriguing conflicts in the history of modern America. Some suggest it was justified in stopping the spread of communism, while others feel that it was a waste of American lives that encourage an age of civil rebellion. To first understand the war one must first understand, the history leading up to the conflict. Prior to Americas involvement in the war in 1960 the French occupied what was then called indo-china up until 1954. In 1950 communist nations such as china recognized the Vietminh state, which in turn gave support to the viet-cong.
The definition of a cold war is: “A state of conflict between nations that does not involve direct military action but is pursued primarily through economic and political actions, propaganda, acts of espionage or proxy wars waged by surrogates” (Wikipedia). The war between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic exhibits the entire definition of a cold war. America didn’t want the Soviet Union’s communism to expand and the Soviet Union didn’t want the American Democracy to expand. Henceforth, the two dove into the Cold War that terrorized the world for 46 years with the threat of nuclear war. The Cold War was a literal cold war because there was no direct military conflict between America and the Soviet Union