Why Did The Us Get Involved In The Cold War

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Why did the USA get involved in the cold war and were they prepared for it?

Four arguments as to why the USA got involved in Vietnam are:
• Containment
• Domino theory
• American politics
• The military-industrial complex

Containment- meant stopping the spread of communism. The USA supported the French because they thought that the Vietnamese were allied with communist China, they also supported them because they wanted to keep the support of France against communism in Europe.

Domino theory- linked to the policy of ‘containment’. President Eisenhower (and his secretary of state, JF Dulles) believed that China and the USSR were looking to spread communism throughout Asia. It was called the ‘Domino Effect’ because if Vietnam became communist,
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