Lessons Learned From The Cold War

2147 Words Jun 17th, 2018 9 Pages
During the Cold War, many lessons were learned. The United States had to learn these lessons to survive in a rapidly changing world. It learned lessons from the incident in the Gulf of Tonkin and the resolution that followed that lead to the invasion of Vietnam. It learned lessons from the horrors of war in Vietnam. And it learned lessons from The My Lai massacre in Vietnam, one of those very horrors. One lesson that was learned from all these incidents is that in uncertain times, restraint should be exercised. This lesson can be applied to situations like the War in Iraq. that the U.S. finds itself in today.
The lack of restraint used in the Vietnam War was enormous. Had more restraint been used when the U.S. was attacked by an enemy
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destroyers were supposedly attacked by North Vietnamese forces, commonly referred to as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. “Johnson told Americans that communist torpedo boats fired on U.S. destroyers on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4, 1964. Following that, Congress voted almost unanimously on Aug. 7 to give Johnson approval to step up U.S. involvement in Vietnam…. "More recent analysis ... now makes it clear that North Vietnamese naval forces did not attack (USS) Maddox and (USS) Turner Joy that night in the summer of 1964," (Dakks, Brian). Johnson should have known the facts about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident before he proposed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which allowed him to justify the invasion of Vietnam. After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers, New York City, and essentially the United States, President Bush decided to invade Iraq to seek vengeance for the loss of American lives. Little did he realize that invading a large country filled with citizens who would rather help their own people, even if they are terrorists and insurgents, and an enemy that knows the land and can use that to their advantage, and in some cases would blow themselves up in the name of their cause, is a bad idea. President Bush found himself in a situation similar to President Johnson and was unable to provide sufficient reasoning for invading Iraq. “A year after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States; President Bush also received overwhelming support from