The Vietnam War On The United States

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The Vietnam War is a more frequently and familiar name for the Second Indochina War. It was the longest war America has fought in. The Vietnam War had an impact on the American people, since it was the first war to ever be broadcasted on television. The country was able to see what was happening on the battleground. This war would have lasting effects on the United States and the nation it divided. The Vietnam war started way before America became involved (1955–1975). Indochina, which included Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, were all under French colonial rule. The Vietnam communist-nationalist, Vietminh, fought for freedom from the French. The United States sent resources to France to help them defeat the communist risk. In 1961, when John F. Kennedy was inaugurated, the Vietnam war was not a substantial issue. However, Vice President Johnson was sent to Vietnam. Upon his return, he urged Kennedy to grab hold of the conflict. Kennedy decided to send special forces instead of sending combat troops. Kennedy’s secret advisors reported to him that Aerial spraying of herbicides were used to starve the Vietcong of their food and jungle cover. The president was forced to send more troops. Which increased the numbers from 900 to 15,000. Ngo Dinh Diem, the leader of Vietnam at the time, was blamed for worsening the situations of the war. Since he was Catholic and the majority of Vietnam was Buddhist, many South Vietnamese united against the Vietnam leader. In October 1963, a
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