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Rotter M ost American wars have obvious starting points or precipitating causes: But there was no fixed beginning for the U.
The United States entered that war incrementally, in a series of steps between and In MayPresident Harry S. Truman authorized a modest program of economic and military aid to the French, who were fighting to retain control of their Indochina colony, including Laos and Cambodia as well as Vietnam.
When the Vietnamese Nationalist and Communist-led Vietminh army defeated French forces at Dienbienphu inthe French were compelled to accede to the creation of a Communist Vietnam north of the 17th parallel while leaving a non-Communist entity south of that line.
The United States refused to accept the arrangement.
The administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower undertook instead to build a nation from the spurious political entity that was South Vietnam by fabricating a government there, taking over control from the French, dispatching military advisers to train a South Vietnamese army, and unleashing the Central Intelligence Agency CIA to conduct psychological warfare against the North.
Kennedy rounded another turning point in earlywhen he secretly sent Special Operations Forces-trained Green Beret soldiers to teach the South Vietnamese how to fight what was called counterinsurgency war against Communist guerrillas in South Vietnam.
When Kennedy was assassinated in Novemberthere were more than 16, U. Johnson, committed the United States most fully to the war. In Augusthe secured from Congress a functional not actual declaration of war: Then, in February and MarchJohnson authorized the sustained bombing, by U.
Legal declaration or no, the United States was now at war. The multiple starting dates for the war complicate efforts to describe the causes of U. The United States became involved in the war for a number of reasons, and these evolved and shifted over time. Communists scorned democracy, violated human rights, pursued military aggression, and created closed state economies that barely traded with capitalist countries.
Americans compared communism to a contagious disease. If it took hold in one nation, U. Inwhen the Communist Party came to power in China, Washington feared that Vietnam would become the next Asian domino.
Free world dominion over the region would provide markets for Japan, rebuilding with American help after the Pacific War. These ambitions formed a second set of reasons why the United States became involved in Vietnam.
As presidents committed the United States to conflict bit by bit, many of these ambitions were forgotten. Instead, inertia developed against withdrawing from Vietnam. Washington believed that U. Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy all gave their word that the United States would stand by its South Vietnamese allies.
If the United States abandoned the South Vietnamese, its word would be regarded as unreliable by other governments, friendly or not. Along with the larger structural and ideological causes of the war in Vietnam, the experience, personality, and temperament of each president played a role in deepening the U.
Dwight Eisenhower restrained U. The youthful John Kennedy, on the other hand, felt he had to prove his resolve to the American people and his Communist adversaries, especially in the aftermath of several foreign policy blunders early in his administration.
Lyndon Johnson saw the Vietnam War as a test of his mettle, as a Southerner and as a man. He exhorted his soldiers to "nail the coonskin to the wall" in Vietnam, likening victory to a successful hunting expedition.1.
CAUSE: Between and , the number of American troops fell from thousand to thousand. (Nearly a loss of thousand men) EFFECT: The South Vietnamese army became more active in the war and their casualty rate had started to increase.
The Vietnam War was started in the late.
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A comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High school Diocese of Wollongong - Albion Park Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God Micah To highlight this point, contrast the post–Cold War world with the first ninety years of the twentieth century, when the United States was deeply committed to containing potential peer.
Apr 28, · The Vietnam War occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia from to April 30, The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other member nations of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).Status: Resolved.
IN WATCHING the flow of events over the past decade or so, it is hard to avoid the feeling that something very fundamental has happened in world history.