The United States Involvement During The Vietnam War

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The United States involvement in the Vietnam War primarily between the years 1964 and 1968 were brought about by the many hostilities and frustrations predominately based on issues of the Cold War, communism, the Policy of Containment, and the Domino Theory. When the United States first got involved in the Vietnam War in the first half of the 1960s, problems had been ongoing for quite sometime and were continuing to increasingly get worse. Throughout the period of U.S. involvement in the war, there were many supporters and non-supporters that included various political groups, interest groups, students, Civil Rights groups, and the military. Through all of the issues of U.S. involvement up to the major events that took place during the time period of 1964-1968, a great deal happened and the U.S. was unsuccessful in attaining the goal that it wished to achieve in Vietnam; ending the reign of communism. Arising out of issues originating in the Cold War and primarily the stopping of the spread of communism, the Vietnam War had a lasting impact that would never be forgotten. Many Americans believed that the containment doctrine, which was devised by George Kennan, was the key doctrine that got the United States involved in the Vietnam War to begin with; however, others say that no president really decided to go to wage war in Vietnam but instead became involved because of increasing commitment over many years (Brinkley, 843). From right after the end of World War II in…
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