American Involvement in the Vietnam War

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Like a moth to a flame, the United States has always been attracted to international affairs. In this particular case communism in Vietnam was the flame that leered American bugs in, not knowing that they would be brutally burned by communism in the end. From 1953 to 1961, all the initial decisions involving Vietnam were made by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who once served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe as well as the first Supreme Commander of NATO. Thus, Eisenhower was very knowledgeable about war issues and was prepared to tackle pending conflicts and avert the dispersal of communism when he came into office. Communism was an immense fear of this great patriot, who witnessed to the “Red Scare” during the…show more content…
Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, believed that if Vietnam was to fall to communism like its neighboring country of China, then “communist aggression against other free peoples in the area” would surely resume (Dulles, 54). John Dulles’ idea of containment was heavily acted upon once the Soviet Union was on a global crusade to spread communism. Because China had just been overtaken by communism, America feared that under China’s influence Vietnam would also grow to become communistic. Vietnam’s past reveals their “monkey see, monkey do” mentality, adopting China’s Confucian social and political values. America felt that in due time, Vietnam would predictably mimic China once again.
Taking Vietnam by its reins, the U.S. became more involved in Vietnam’s struggles, and tried to prevent the weakening South Vietnam’s potential fate. In response to John Dulles’ idea of containment, it was decided that Vietnam would be divided at the 17th parallel. As a result, Ho Chi Minh became upset and claimed that from “North to South, [Vietnam] must unite closely…one in thought and deed” (Ho, After Geneva). America believed that by reenacting prior successful containment strategies, they would also be victorious for Vietnam. Korea was soon the ideal outcome that the United States longed for; a divided country that maintained the communism in one area. Along with the division of Vietnam, Eisenhower

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