The Vietnam War Has Far Reaching Consequences For The United States

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Failure is a hard word, and no matter how you analyze the Vietnam War, that is precisely what it was. The War was a personal failure on a national scale. From its covert commen- cements, through the bloodiest, most tenebrous days and determinately to the acrid end, this ten-year period of American history is a national disgrace. This research paper will deal with some of the more intriguing aspects and effects of this war. Since the Vietnam conflict made absolutely no sense politically, militarily or economically, the value of analysis must come on the individual level. The Vietnam War had far-reaching consequences for the United States. This paper will exhaustively discuss how these issues caused the psychological effects of the…show more content…
His story “On the Rainy River” expounds his moral quandary after receiving his draft notice—he does not optate to fight in a war he believes is inequitable, but he does not optate to be thought a recreant. What keeps O’Brien from fleeing into Canada is not patriotism or dedication to his country’s cause—the traditional motivating factors for fighting in a war—but concern over what his family and community will cerebrate of him if he doesn’t fight (O’Brien 34-48). This experience is emblematic of the conflict, explored by many men who were drafted in the “so-called” all-volunteer draft during this time frame. There were misguided prospects of a group of people paramount to a person’s identity and that person’s dubiousness regarding a congruous course of action. Trepidation of ignominiousness not only motivates reluctant men to go to Vietnam but withal affects soldiers’ relationships with each other once there. Concern about convivial acceptance, which might seem in the abstract a nugatory preoccupation given the immediacy of death and indispensability of group unity during war, leads men/soldiers to engage in absurd or hazardous actions.The stress of the war, the peculiarity of Vietnam, and the youth of the soldiers cumulate to engender psychological hazards that intensify the innate risks of fighting (Dohrenwend, Turner, Turse, Adams, & C. 2006). The
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