U.s. Vietnam And The Vietnam War

1560 Words Oct 25th, 2016 7 Pages
Throughout almost the entirety of the American war against the North Vietnam and Viet Cong in the mid- to late-1960s and ‘70s, several high-ranking U.S. officials—including Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and his Republican successor Richard Nixon of California—have repeatedly made their claims about the mission to “save” the “independent” nation of South Vietnam against the “hostile and aggressive” North Vietnamese communist invaders, despite all evidence to the contrary where we proved that the United States was the aggressive invader and the foreign policy at the time ultimately caused Americans at home to feel a sense of disillusionment; our belief in American exceptionalism ideology, our societal culture and national identity, all of these were a result of the realities about the war in Vietnam and damaged our reputation around the world as a force for good and championing democracy during the Cold War era while not wanting to be portrayed as a “paper tiger” . The following essay will analyze and contrast between the official U.S. claims about the war in Vietnam and the realities it ensued following the aftermath. How did American leaders publicly explain and justify U.S. military intervention in Vietnam? Officially the U.S. role in the military intervention in Vietnam occurred after France’s defeat to the Viet Minh in the French-Indochina War to reclaim their lost territory to the Japanese Empire during World War II. Since Ho Chi Minh’s repeated…
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