Vietnam

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Vietnam is the most controversial events to ever divide the US aside from the Civil War. Although throughout history the US is known to be very isolationalist, this time they took charge. As time passed and the threat of Communism spread to Vietnam, the US gradually became more and more involved between 1954 and 1975. In 1954, the US was in the process of shrugging off the Great Depression, WWII, and the Second Red Scare and suddenly another conflict presented itself. By May, Dien Bien Phu fell into the hands of Vietnam from the former local power of France. As a temporary arrangement, Vietnam was divided into a north (controlled by communist Ho Chi Minh) and a south (still controlled by France and anti-communists). In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected into the office of the presidency. He was a steadfast believer in the containment policy and wanted to stop communism at the regional level, but without missiles. The Domino Effect must be stopped before all of South-East Asia falls. Soon into his presidency, he sent 16,000 military advisors to South-East Asia to train the South Vietnamese military to fight the North. His initial plan was to merely train the south to fight and keep US military troops out. By 1963 Continue...


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No matter how much they built up the SV army, nothing could prepare them for what was about to occur. Simultaneously they wanted to build up the SV army. They decided to cut off funds to the war effort once the troops were out. They lost thousands of experienced fighters and key territory in the South. By 1973, the last of the US troops stationed in Vietnam were brought home. Protests were breaking out across the US and NV knew this. The NV did not back down, but fought harder. Althought the effects of the Vietnam war were great in South-East Asia, in the US the minds of the American people and the faith in their government had been destroyed. This Tet offensive was directed toward the United States to strengthen American antiwar sentiment, which was growing daily. Finally on April 30, 1975, the north captures Siagon, SV. The will of Congress seemed to reflect the mood of an American public weary of the long and inconclusive war. The next major battle was that of Ia Drang in November of 1965. His goal was to lower the number of troops in Vietnam and start bringing them home gradually.

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