The War Of The Vietnam War

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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…show more content…
Maddox incident as a way to enter war with Vietnam. On August 7, Congress gave President Johnson the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which authorized the president to "take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States." (Doc. A) Over time, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution would come to serve as the Declaration of War that Congress never voted on. Only in 1970 would it be repealed but it was too late. Congress had surrendered their powers in the foreign policy process by giving the president too much power in terms of war. In 1973, Congress also passed the War Powers Act, further limiting executive power in war and giving more power to the President but also ultimately repealing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (Doc. I). Further chaos struck in January of 1968, the Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces struck all across south Vietnam, capturing capitals and causing mass destruction. The destruction of the village of Ben Tre, revealed the cost of driving the Vietcong out and would be come to be known as the Tet Offensive. This was also the point at which many Americans began to seriously question the purpose of the war. It showed the Americans that the war in Vietnam could not be won. At home, the war had brought inflation, attacks on civil liberties, and loss in economic support for reform programs. When Nixon came to power in 1968, he was faced with loads of chaos and these would only increase as he got further into his term. In 1971, the

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