Taking a Look at the Vietnam War

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“North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.” I bet you can guess that whoever said this quote was very anti-war. That person is Richard Nixon, thirty-seventh president of the United States. Nixon was the president who ended the war, but which president had beliefs that war was necessary? Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson was the accused main blame for starting the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was probably the most controversial war that was ever fought as most people opposed the war and hated Johnson. The war was also very destructive and the facts prove it. The causes of war, the war itself, and the aftermath of the war are all major parts in telling the story of the Vietnam War. The most controversial part of the war is why we started fighting; or in other words, what are the causes of the war. One cause of the war was Indochina’s independence from France and Ho Chi Minh’s reign. In 1953, Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos) defeated the French to gain their independence from them (Place). After the war, Vietnam was separated into two parts, North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh was named ruler in North Vietnam, and Ngo Dinh Diem was named ruler in South Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh was infamous for being a very unruly leader. He set up a communist government in North Vietnam known as the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (Gilbert, 373). Ho Chi Minh wanted Vietnam to be a communist country in its
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