Why Usa Lost the War in Vietnam

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Vietnam was under French occupation after the Second World War. Ho Chi Minh led a revolution against the French colonial power in his country. Once France had been expelled in 1954, Vietnam became divided into North and South Vietnam, with Ho controlling the North. Ho was not pleased that two countries would be created instead of just one "Vietnam." Consequently, the solution was simple: Reunification. And if it took another war to do it, then so be it. This signalled the first involvement of the USA as they had been funding the French army before they were kicked out. Ho wanted to create a socialist Vietnamese state. However, the USA in the 1950s believed that if South Vietnam (which was not controlled by Ho) fell to Ho, this would mean communist expansion. This was because the American administration believed in the domino theory, i.e. once a country falls to communism, this will mean that Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, etc will start to fall to communism. In turn, the USA under Eisenhower drew a line in Vietnam to stop Ho reunification attempt. At the same time they tried to create a strong non-communist South Vietnam under the leadership of Diem. By the late 1950s, the communist rebels in South Vietnam declared a revolutionary struggle against Diem, so as to reunify Vietnam under communist rule. In turn, by the 1960s the USA became more and more alarmed at this prospect, leading to further intervention in Vietnam to stop this. When Kennedy was inaugurated he inherited many crises around the globe, the most pertinent was the loss of Cuba. After the well known Bay of Pigs fiasco, he felt he was advised that he needed a foreign policy success. The arena in which he was to succeed was to be Vietnam. President Kennedy wanted to be strong in Vietnam, to show off America's power. The president's role in the Vietnam War remains the most controversial aspect of his public
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