Diplomatic Negotiations between America and Vietnam

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American Experience Vietnam The importance of studying history is to understand the lessons learned from the past, so that they are not repeated in the future. In the case of the Vietnam War, there are distinct messages that are taught to everyone. To fully understand them requires looking at diplomatic negotiations, Presidential leadership and cultural / social contexts. Together, these elements will highlight how critical mistakes can be avoided. Diplomatic Negotiations The diplomatic negotiations were often stalled after the introduction of American troops in 1965. This is because the North Vietnamese felt that they should not have to concede on anything. Instead, the US should immediately withdraw its forces from the country unconditionally. This created divisions about how the US could end the war. What was happening is reports were surfacing, that the rules of engagement dramatically restricted the ability of US forces to peruse and attack the enemy. At the same time, many operations were fought involving tremendous amounts of materials, resources and personnel. However, after everything was over, is when the US would withdraw and the North Vietnamese reoccupied the area. (Westheider, 2011) (Moss, 2010) Starting in 1969, Nixon escalated the war under his "Peace with Honor" doctrine. This meant bombing North Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. These locations were used by the North Vietnamese to regroup. The idea was that this would create enough of a blow to force
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