Why Did Lbj Continue U.S. Involvement in South Vietnam?

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Why Did LBJ Continue U.S. Involvement in South Vietnam? Cold War Considerations: China & South East Asia The rise of China as a superpower had made the world appear an even more threatening place to the USA in terms of the spread of communism. After the Americans had fought the Chinese in Korea and South East Asia seemed to offer ample opportunities for the spread of Communism in what was known as “The Domino Effect”. When Vietnam appeared to be on the verge of collapse. Laos was threatened by Communist insurgents and Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia had renounced aid from the US and demanded neutrality in any further conflicts. Left-wing insurgents were threatening Thailand and the British were having similar issues in dealing with threats in Malaysia and Borneo. Sukarno. Leader of Indonesia, had started to show an interest in the Indonesian communist party, much to the ire of America. While the more sophisticated of the US advisers realised that the domino theory was too simplistic in an increasingly non-linear world, split not just by ideology but also historically through ethnic and nationalist conflict, this didn't mean that the USSR and China would exploit any weakness shown by the USA. Cold War Considerations: Western Europe and the USSR De Gaulle's France was challenging US leadership in both Vietnam and Europe. Anti-American riots tore through Panama which was merely the most obvious show of increasing hostility to the USA in the western hemisphere. There were fears that one of the two Communist superpowers might be tempted to use this, forcing the USA to get involved in other local conflicts against their will. Vietnam and the survival of the South were considered a central part of the maintenance of a stable world order, and LBJ in particular said that if Chinese aggression could be contained in South East Asia then it would “give the pole on
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