When President Nixon took office in 1969, the U.S. was currently sending american troops to fight in the Vietnam war.Shortly after taking office in 1969, President Nixon introduced a policy called Vietnamization that was intended to end american military involvement in Vietnam war by encouraging all south vietnamese to take more responsibility for fighting the war on their own.
The cost of the United States entering the Vietnam War drastically outweighed the potential victory over the spreading of Communism in Vietnam. Not only did over 58,000 soldiers lose their lives, but nearly 150,000 soldiers were also injured as a result. The remaining soldiers were left with physical and psychological scars, as well as returning home to financial ruin because of job loss and inability to work. Events during the war, such as the My Lai Massacre, made the American public question the motives of the government and eventually led to hundreds of anti-war groups and protests to arise.
It is extremely difficult for Ha’s family to leave Vietnam because this is their home. First of all,”How can we scramble away like rats,without honor…”(44). If Ha’s family leaves Vietnam and there home doesn’t end up getting destroyed will they have enough money to get back to Vietnam. If it does get destroyed, will they be able to rebuild their life. Second, “No matter what Mother decides, we are not to leave…”(46). Brother Khoi wants to stay home and protect his chick and Ha wants to protect her papaya tree. Her tree is part of her.Lastly, “What if Father returns…”(44). If Ha’s dad returns and his family is gone, what will he do. Ha’s family have a very difficult choice to either leave or stay in
The Vietnam War was a war that was unnecessary. That is why many people today call it the "unwinnable war", because it was simple, the United States just could not defeat the Vietnamese. The immorality of the U.S. in Vietnam started in 1963. President Kennedy said "a Pax Americana on the world by American weapons of war, ", but he had in the act, already gave weapons to the South Vietnamese to fight against the North Vietnamese. Kennedy’s commitment to be a strong anticommunist and vigorous foreign policy was thought to come from the president before him, Eisenhower. When Kennedy took office, already more than $1 billion in aid and military advisers were sent to South Vietnam to stabilize it, but it was failing. The United States faced a challenge
U.S involvement in Vietnam developed gradually and through a series of steps. Both FDR and Truman took the first step, with Truman providing aid to France in their struggle to retain control in Indochina in 1950, thus; supporting French Colonialism. The U.S had at first, a non-involvement approach, despite claims that they supported self-dependence in countries and having granted independence to the Philippines. Vietnam became the battleground for global powers amidst the Cold War. The decision to provide military power and economic aid to France was dominated primarily by the influence of the consolidation of a communist China, with Mao Zedong becoming China’s ruler. The U.S foreign policy quickly became one of containment. They were determined
Why did the United States Withdraw From the Vietnam War? The United States withdrew from the Vietnam War for several reasons. The Army had to fight in unfamiliar territory, was lacking in moral, were not prepared for the conditions, could not shut down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and were untrained to respond to guerilla warfare. This combination of disadvantages and the loss of public support led to the United States withdrawing from Vietnam. The United States Army was forced to fight in a new land that had different weather and geography than the U.S., and put the army at a disadvantage from the beginning of the war. Vietnam is a very hot, tropical country, as it is fairly close to the equator. It has jungles over most of the land, bit also
The Fall of Saigon on April 30th, 1975, marked the end of nearly two decades of fighting between the Russia and China backed communist North Vietnam and the US backed right wing South Vietnam. When the North Vietnamese army entered Saigon, the free world was horrified at what it believed to be major drawback in its attempt to defeat communism around the world. In accordance with the domino theory, that same year, the capitals of neighboring former french colonies, Cambodia and Laos, both of which were also run by right wing regimes supported by the US, fell to communist insurgencies Khmer Rouge and Pathet Lao respectively. It took the communists three decades, millions of lives, and the destruction of billions of dollars in infrastructure and assets overthrow these western backed governments. So what gave these people, especially in Vietnam, incentive to sacrifice so much to “free” themselves from those governments and embrace communism as their system of governance? As this question is answered, it is important to identify aspects of the communist ideology that appeal to the general population, as well as how it goes along with Vietnamese culture, the actual practice and execution of the ideology.
For many in the United States "Vietnam" is a term which conjures up visions of war, anarchy, and finally defeat and humiliation. It was a war that many felt the U.S. should never have gotten involved in, and was a waste of more than 50,000 American lives. And for many years after the war ended the prevailing wisdom remained that the U.S. had failed. But as years turn to decades, and Vietnam is fading into the recesses of history, one can begin to look at the war in an objective manner; as just one part of the larger "Cold War." When viewing Vietnam as part of the larger Cold War, one can see that the United States should not only have been there, but it was necessary as part of the overall strategy to defeat Communism world wide.
Exploring the Reasons for United States' Involvement in Vietnam 1. US involvement in Vietnam The US wanted to stop communist expansion into South Vietnam after successfully stopping them from capturing South Korea but President Eisenhower could not get the support of the
There were many lessons that the United States could take away from the war in Vietnam. The American presence in Vietnam lasted from 1964-1972. America lost a lot in the war they put $111 billion into the war and lost 58,000 american lives and 300,000 were injured in the war. Many of the decisions in Vietnam were not the right decisions but these mistakes could be learned from for future wars like Vietnam. Two lessons that America should take away from the experience in Vietnam was to enter with a specific goal, and leave once it is complete, and the President should not have total power over the military.
1. Vietnam War: How did the U.S. get involved? What was the U.S. responses to the Vietnam War (such as the draft, the 26th Amendment, the role of the media, the credibility gap, the silent majority, and the anti-war movement)? What were the major issues and events of the Vietnam War (such as the Tet Offensive, the escalation of forces, Vietnamization, and the fall of Saigon)? My Lai Massacre: What were the causes? Who was responsible? What was the role of the anti-war movement in changing American opinions toward the war? How was public policy influenced? What was the role of the media? Kent State shootings: What were the contributing factors? Who was responsible?
The Vietnam War was a complex and contentious war, that the American people demanded an end to and the return of American troops to native soil. Facing this complex problem, President Richard Nixon had to devise a hasty exit strategy. This exit strategy known as “Vietnamization” was controversial exit strategy and remains so to this day.
I do not believe that it was in the best interests of the United States to get involved in Vietnam. It's true that the US was trying its best to stop the spread of Communism and the influence of the USSR (i.e. the Truman Doctrine). While that was an important aspect of the Cold War, the real goal of the Cold War was to "win the hearts and minds of the world." The later aspect was by far the most important, and the main reason why the US should have stayed out of Vietnam.
There are many contrasting opinions about whether the United States should have been involved in the Vietnam war or not. Though this war was one of the more important ones, there are numerous people who believe that we should not have even been in that war because of all the negative outcomes from it. I am one of those individuals that think we should have stayed out of it, it was a war that the United States should not have go into.
Your question is really difficult to answer, especially if you have never experienced living in a country during and after war. My decision will depend on my family and the situation that we are in. For instance, if I still have my parents and children of my own, I would probably flee with them. I do not want them to suffer anymore, and going to another country will give them a new hope in life. As what we have seen in the film, Journey from the Fall, Mai Nguyen escaped Vietnam with her son and mother-in-law in order to start a new life in America. I believe that her reason for escaping is to protect her son, who is very young. She is enduring all the pain; such as being separated from her husband just to make sure the safety of their son.