Was The Vietnam War Justified

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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. Four years of conflict between the French and viet-cong climaxed in 1954 with the battle of Dien Bien Phu. The battle was a complete…show more content…
This became one of the paramount cornerstones of U.S. policy at the time which was called the domino theory. The domino theory stated that if the south fell and became communist soon after all the surrounding southeastern Asian countries would quickly fall to communism too. These fears eventually came to the forefront of U.S. international affairs during the Kennedy administration. Upon fears that the soviet space and missile program had surpassed that of the United states and dire warnings from incumbent president Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy in his famous inaugural address stated, In his inaugural address, Kennedy made the ambitious pledge to "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty." So to calm fears of communist takeover President Kennedy sent in 800 american “advisors” to help train the south Vietnamese. It was quickly realized that small numbers of American special forces were not viable and prior to Kennedys assassination by 1962 the number of troops in Vietnam grew to about…show more content…
Fortunately, American forces were able to repel the NVA attack and inflict heavy losses on the viet-cong, but while also taking loses themselves. This tet offensive showed America that it was perhaps in a war that it was not bound to win. Due to the heavy losses of the NVA and viet-cong, President Nixon from 1969 to 1974 was able to begin troop withdrawal and the process of vietnamization. This process of vietnamization meant that there were huge American withdrawals from the north as well as a massive effort to train the south Vietnamese army so they could defend themselves. This whole process finally was at its end on April 29th 1975, with the famous televised withdrawal of the embassy marines form Saigon and the famous footage of helicopter being pushed over the side of a U.S. carrier to make room for
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