Foreign Policy Decisions Of The United States

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Reflecting on the foreign policy decisions of the United States of the Post-World War II era, one will find that the U.S. aimed to make pragmatic foreign policy decisions to strengthen its position in world politics. Some of these decisions may have given the U.S. economic advantages or helped spread democracy to the world. However, they were only the byproducts of a pragmatic strategy that aimed at giving the U.S. a larger sphere of influence in geopolitics over the Soviet Union. It is seen in the example of the Vietnam War that the U.S. favored a pragmatic approach to foreign policy as these decisions reject the idealistic notions of spreading democracy in the world and were not made with materialistic benefits in mind. The pragmatic…show more content…
By observing the example of the Vietnam War, one can see that the U.S. took any measure necessary to achieve this policy of containment and how the measures taken refute the notions that the U.S. made foreign policy decisions based on materialistic or idealistic ways of thinking. The Vietnam War is an example of the U.S. putting the pragmatic strategy of containment ahead of idealistic or materialistic strategies when it came to foreign policy decisions. When scrutinizing the U.S.’s involvement in the Vietnam War more broadly, it is evident that the U.S. had no business in getting involved in Vietnam other than the fear that Vietnam would adopt a communistic government following its independence from France. In fact, much of the U.S.’s actions were hypocritical to the democratic values it claimed to be upholding in aiding the South Vietnamese. The U.S. had decided to back Ngo Dinh Diem as the leader of Vietnam in 1955, despite French and American officials doubting his capabilities. Diem continued to give U.S. officials headaches with Diem’s regime persecuting non-Catholics and other dissidents in South Vietnam, setting up “re-education” camps, and not following the U.S.’s advice to land reform to turn the farm land over to the peasants. Tired of Diem’s uncooperativeness, the Central Intelligence Agency backed a coup to overthrow Diem.
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