The Vietnam War Cost the U.S. More than Money Essay

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U.S.A Involvement in Vietnam War Direct U.S. military involvement in The Vietnam War, the nation's longest, cost fifty-eight thousand American lives. Only the Civil War and the two world wars were deadlier for Americans. During the decade of Vietnam start in 1964, the U.S Treasury spent over $140 billion on the war, enough money to fund urban regeneration projects in every major American city. In spite of these enormous costs and their accompanying public and private disturbance for the American people, the United States failed, for the first time in its history, to attain its stated war aims. The goal was to preserve a separate, independent, non-communist government in South Vietnam, but after April 1975, the communist Democratic…show more content…
On August 4, 1964 the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred in which American Naval Vessels in South Vietnamese waters were fired upon by North Vietnam. On August 5, 1964 President Johnson requested a decree expressing the determination of the United Sates in supporting freedom and in protecting peace in Southeast Asia. On August 7, 1964, in reply to the presidential request, Congress authorized President Johnson to take all necessary measures to repel any attack and to prevent aggression against the U. S. in Southeast Asia (United States). The selective bombing of North Vietnam began immediately in reply to this resolution. In March of the following year U. S. troops began to arrive The political involvement in Vietnam was about much more than just promised aid to a weak country in order to put off the spread of communism. It was about money. After all, wars require equipment, guns, tools and machinery. Most of which was produced in the United States. It was about proving America's commitment to stop socialism, or rather to confine communism in its present boundaries. But most of all it was about politics. The presidential political involvement in Vietnam had little to do with Vietnam at all. It was about China for Eisenhower, about Russia for Kennedy, about Washington D.C. for Johnson and about himself for Nixon (Post). The last two of which were the major players in America's involvement in
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