The Vietnam War was a conflict, which the United States involved itself in unnecessarily and ultimately lost. The basis of the conflict was simple enough: Communism vs. Capitalism, yet the conduct of the Vietnam War was complex and strategic, and brought repercussions which had never been seen before. The struggle between North and South had an almost inevitable outcome, yet the Americans entered the War optimistic that they could aid the falling South and sustain democracy. The American intentions for entering the Vietnam conflict were good, yet when the conflict went horribly wrong, and the resilient North Vietnamese forces, or Viet Cong' as they were known, refused to yield, the United States saw they were fighting a losing battle.
The Vietnam War had so many different strategies. The United States depended on the “Search and Destroy” strategy often. That is where they would do exactly what it wounds like, search for communists then destroy. The more hostile the destroying was getting, made more Southern Vietnamese upset. Not only did that make the people of the United States and South Vietnam upset, so did Ngo Dinh Diem. He became the United States’ next plan. Ngo Dinh Diem, President Diem, “was able to resettle hundreds of thousands of refugees from North Vietnam in the south, but his own Catholicism and the preference he showed for fellow Roman Catholics made him unacceptable to Buddhists, who were an overwhelming majority in South Vietnam” (“Ngo Dinh Diem”). The Buddhists of the south were in a disagreeable state with his choices of the war and beliefs. Not only the people in the land of the war were upset, but most people in the United States were also upset. No one could agree with the choices he made. He never kept his promise of land reform, which is a huge promise to the ones who do not have land. He not only failed people, but his strategies failed. In “Ngo Dinh Diem” it states,“The military tactics Diem used against the insurgency were heavy-handed and ineffective and served only to deepen his government’s unpopularity and isolation.” He just made bigger problems for the United States and Southern
North and South Vietnam, being very dense in jungle, was a very difficult terrain to maneuver for the United States. Firstly, it would be hard to see very far. Secondly, it would be very hot and humid, wearing down your energy. And thirdly, the tall vegetation made movement slow.
The Vietnam War, lasting almost twenty years and deploying 2.7 million troops to the front lines, was one of the largest wars in United States history. Beginning August 2nd, 1964, the war killed 58,000 American soldiers and disabled twice that number. The war brought humiliation to our great nation, and created very overwhelming tensions, in a quote by President Nixon, “Let us be united against defeat. Because let us understand: North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that” (Doc G). These tensions grew immensely over the course of the war. In terms of political tensions, the trust and credibility of the war and government began to seem very questionable. Socially, the public began to acknowledge
The Vietnam War, deploying 2.5 million troops and lasting 10 years made it one of the largest wars in United States history. Allegedly, the war started after two navy ships were fired at off of the banks of Vietnam. The questionable attack would foreshadow a very misunderstood and questioned war to come. The United State’s army would be tested in just how strong they were, some 58,000 men were killed and almost double that were severely disabled. This was humiliating to the United States, a great world power at the time, and tensions grew as the war went on. Robert F. Kennedy mentioned the severity of the war in one of his speeches, “For years we have been told that the measure of our success and progress in Vietnam was
The Vietnam War cost many Americans their lives in the 60s and 70s. Many were drafted into the war by choice and others selectively chosen to join to help America. The contributions made had a major impact on the American side of the Vietnam War. Though many contributions were made none stand out any more than others. It is sometimes said there is always a hero in the war who helped the victory. Wars, however, do not have war heroes because a hero is making an undeniable contribution to the war and affects the victory when in reality a war is based on outsmarting the opponent and seeing who has more heart. The war does not have a hero because drafted soldiers do not always want war to occur, disorders that get to soldiers affect them for
The Vietnam War was, and still is a difficult topic to discuss, not because of the battle itself, but because of the unfamiliarity of the subject most present-day students have. Five years after World War II, the war for Vietnamese independency began, which is also when textbooks for some reason strayed away from world history and lingered toward United States history instead – the economic boom and "race war" is far more recognizable to modern day students and the fear of Communist tendencies assisted in altering the curriculum to avoid the problems outside of the United States. However, soldiers continued to fight on unfamiliar grounds during the time, many have lost their lives, and George Crumb’s composition Black Angels represents the true, raw emotion of what it felt like away from home. “In Black Angels, Crumb fulfilled the command to reinvent music, not by writing a piece that reflected on the war, but by making music as the embodiment of war and thus assume…mythic qualities” (Ho). Although the music can be audibly heard as a battle within itself, the titles of each number in the three-movement program can assist the surfacing discomfort of what “war” should bring.
Throughout the 1960’s, the United States of America was in the midst of change, advancements, and struggle. It was America vs. the Soviet Union, always trying to one up each other in both weaponry and space technology, but the main conflict was the spread of Communism. As the battle between Communists and Non-Communists raged on, America attempted to do everything in its power to stop the spread of communism all around the world. This is what lead to the gruesome war that lasted over a decade in Vietnam. A great deal of social changed happened all over the world, but particularly in America as the Vietnam War dragged on. As people became more aware of the atrocities going on in Southeast Asia, the endless domestic support turned into
In the United States, we learned about how we beat the British during the Revolutionary War, even before we were a country. How we jumped in during WWI to help bring it to an end. Also, how we raided the shores of Omaha to save Europe from Hitler, and drop nukes on Japan. We learned how we beat the Soviet Union so hard during the Cold War that they don’t even exist anymore. One war that America does not seem to talk about is the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was a proxy war during the Cold War, but it is always swept aside. The Vietnam War divided the U.S. as the war continued throughout the years. The U.S. shouldn’t have been involved in the Vietnam War because the Domino Theory was not correct.
The Vietnam War, it is one of America greatest downfall in history. The Vietnam War took up so many time that five presidents have to deal with the situation: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. All of the Presidents have tried their very best to prevent communism from spreading any further, especially toward South Vietnam. There was so many major and minor events that happen within the war. But there are some questions that should be asked such as, “How did the Vietnam War begin?” or “How well did the U.S. Government and the U.S. Troop handle the situation during the Vietnam War?” Right Now, all of those questions shall be answer.
During the 1960s and early 1970s, the Vietnam was the most talked about issue of the time. Due to the high number of American casualties, and the troubling images that were broadcast on the nightly news networks, the opposition of the war rose drastically. Many argue that the climax of the anti-war opposition occurred in May of 1970 on the campus of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. It was during an anti-war protest that the Ohio National Guard opened fired on the crowd, killing four students. The country, torn apart by the war, saw the support for the soldiers decrease. In the years that followed Kent, President Nixon began to bring troops home from Vietnam. Expecting a hero’s welcome back to the states, similar to what their parents had received following WWII; Vietnam Veterans received quite the opposite. At airports that soldiers were returning to, many protests occurred, shaming the soldiers for their actions during the war. Many of the veterans returning home Vietnam found it hard to find work because too many people had developed a hatred for them due to the war. Congress confronted the growing problem of discrimination against these Veterans by taking action in 1974.
Many of those who have seen the face of war will tell you that it never leaves that individual. It is likely that some of those who may tell you that may have seen that face during their time in Vietnam. The Vietnam War was an armed conflict that spanned over many years before it finally ended in 1973 with the exfiltration of United States (US) forces. During this time, tens of thousands of US service members lost their life while hundreds of thousands were left with debilitating injuries and returned to the US. One of the bloodiest battles during this war was the Battle of Hue, which took place during the Tet Offensive of 1968, and was one of the largest urban fights since the Korean War. Due to the urban environment of this particular battle, cover and concealment was at a premium but left fields of fire lacking. Hue city was significant because it was a religious and cultural focal point for the country. Hue city was one of the most venerated cities in Vietnam, as well as, the home of the Catholic church of the country. The purpose of this paper is to explore the events surrounding the Battle of Hue and actions which may have caused a different outcome. Analysis of the Battle of Hue reveals a significant challenge facing the US: The use of Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection and dissemination of the critical information obtained by effective source operations would have drastically changed the outcome of this battle in the favor of the US and its allies.
The Vietnam War was one of the most deadly wars in history, taking over three million lives during the 20-year war. It began in the mid 50’s, between Northern and Southern Vietnam. The United States joined the Vietnam War in 1965, and by 1969 there were about 500,000 U.S. soldiers involved with the war. The war began to slow down in ‘73 when President Nixon pulled the American troops, and the long hard war ended in 1975 after the Communists seized control.
Though it may have ended in 1989, the Vietnam war is still being fought, but on a different battlefield, one of public opinion. Some call this war an atrocity, a war the United States should never have joined. Others call it a crime, committed by the power hungry politicians of the U.S. Now that new information from both sides of the war has surfaced and the wounds of battle have had more time to heal there is yet another opinion emerging. The Vietnam War was in fact only one of many proxy wars fought under the umbrella of the Cold War. While some of the actions of people involved in the Vietnam War were questionable at best, the decision the lawmakers of the United States made to enter the war was in the best interests of Americans and in line with the ideals they upheld at that time.
The Vietnam War “The war on colour television screens in American living rooms has made Americans far more anti-war than anything else. The full brutality of the combat will be there in close-up and in colour, and blood looks very red on the colour television screen”. The USA declared war on Vietnam at a time of evident mass media involvement. The technological progress that was made allowed the full ruthlessness war to be broadcast the people of America.