Political Games of Vietnam

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Political games of Vietnam The Vietnam War was a pivotal changing point in the American foreign policy. Through the span of three presidents and the Cold War, Vietnam changed the outlook of America in the world wide arena. After the end of the Indochina war and oppression of Vietnam by the French, the country was split into the north and the south along the 17th parallel. Following the declaration of the Geneva Accord there was to be a demilitarized zone along the north and the south of the 17th parallel and each side of the nation would have 300 days to remove their personnel from the opposing side of the country. North Vietnam, or the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was controlled by the Vietnamese Communist Party (Worker’s Party) the…show more content…
To send troops in for combat would not hinder the war but it would not be the logical step in ending the war. Eisenhower’s largest debate would be over nuclear weapons and if or when they should be used. Eisenhower was against use of a nuclear force unless all other options were exhausted. When would it be appropriate to use nuclear weapons on a country to save a nation? Eisenhower managed to avoid a nuclear war with North Vietnam and countries allied with North Vietnam. By making policy so that would make it too dangerous for Americans to launch nuclear weapons with the threat of a nuclear war. Initially leaning on massive retaliation theory and then moving toward a theory of flexible response” that would allow a more escalation of force when dealing with the Soviet Union and other communist countries. Prior to his election John Kennedy stated that it was important to keep a check on communist reign throughout Asia. President Kennedy’s cabinet members included Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. In his inaugural address, January 20, 1961, he states “ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” (William, 1987). The largest adversary to America at the time that President Kennedy was elected was The Soviet Union, and the battle against communism being the top security concern. The Soviet Union was the universal image of communism and turning other nations toward
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