Why did the US become involved in Vietnam? by David L. Bender

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  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975

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SeriesOpposing Viewpoints Pamphlets
The Physical Object
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Number of Pages55
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Open LibraryOL11337685M
ISBN 100899087426
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Professor Mitch Yamasaki examines the major interpretations of how and why the U.S. became involved, what it hoped to accomplish, and how a poorly armed guerilla army thwarted U.S. efforts. Carefully selected materials highlight the forces that led to President Johnson's dilemma, the country's deep divisions over the war, and the ongoing reexamination of the Vietnam War.5/5(1).

Why Did the US Enter the Vietnam War. The U.S. entered the Vietnam War in an attempt to prevent the spread of communism, but foreign policy, economic interests, national fears, and geopolitical strategies also played major roles.

Learn why a country that had been barely known to most Americans came to define an era. ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: This pamphlet is chapter one from Vietnam: Opposing Viewpoints. Cover title.

Description. The United States got involved in the Vietnam conflict to keep communism from spreading throughout Southeast Asia.

At first the United States only aided France with military aid and advisors, but after the French suffered a major defeat at Dien Bien Phu in the north-western hills, the French pulled out and the United States took over the burden of the war. What Went Wrong in Vietnam. the United States tried to Why did the US become involved in Vietnam?

book Vietnam from becoming a Communist state. Boot thinks he did, and one purpose of his book Author: Louis Menand. Why did the U.S. go to war in Vietnam. This is a question historians continue to debate.

One of the main reasons it remains a source of argument is that it is difficult to say when the U.S. war actually began. Should we trace it back to the s when.

Elements of the Viet Minh joined with the Viet Cong against the U.S.-supported government of South Vietnam and the United States in the Vietnam War (or Second Indochina War) of the late s, the ’60s, and the early ’70s. After the reunification of the country (), Viet Minh leaders continued to take an active role in Vietnamese politics.

The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. In which way did the goals of the United States in the Vietnam War differ from the goals of the United States during World War II.

The United States waged a defensive war to protect an ally. How did the hawks feel about the war in Vietnam. They wanted to get involved because they saw Vietnam as the first domino in the row to spread communism to Southeast Asia. This is called 'the Domino Theory'. They were desperate to resist communism spreading so they got involved.

When people talk about the Vietnam War, they often can’t decide if the war was a good thing or a bad thing for America to become involved in. The controversy over the spread of communism, which is covered in our history books, says this war was important to the U.S.

InHo Chi. The United States involvement is Vietnam is sometimes referred to as a "proxy war" in which western powers were fighting for areas of control in southeast Asia as part of the Cold War, in a manner. CIA activities in Vietnam were operations conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in Indochina and then Vietnam from the s to the late s, before and during the Vietnam ically, Vietnam became a part of French Indochina in Although Vietnam became independent after World War II, the French continued to rule the country untiland did not encourage any CIA activity.

On the other side was South Vietnam and the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN), along with allied members from the United States, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. Other Cold War allies of the United States were opposed to the war and refused to fight.

The United States got involved in Vietnam to prevent the spread of communism throughout Southeast Asia. The domino theory, prevalent in the U.S. government, posited that if Vietnam became communist, it would lead to communist conquests of surrounding countries; victory in Vietnam was crucial to stopping communist expansion.

A United States Army General, who commanded US military operations in the Vietnam War at its peak (), during the Tet Offensive. He adopted a strategy of attrition against the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam and the North Vietnamese Army.

He later served as U.S. Army Chief of Staff from to The United States didn't get involved into the Vietnam war untill the year of but didn't escalate untill the 's like U.S. troops tripled in and then tripled again in The U.S. imvolment was at it's highest point with the Tet Offensive. The Tet Offensive was a.

It became clear that the French were losing the war in Indochina and eventually withdrew from the country infearing that the communist North Vietnam would take over all of Indochina and possibly south East Asia the us began sending ever increasing war materials and aid the capitalist Vietnam.

Why Did the US Enter the Vietnam War: the. Cold War politics of the day caused the United States to intervene in Vietnam. Two similar theories of containing communism were proposed by politicians in the United States.

These ideas suggested. Interpretation evolves about America's most controversial war. In the decades after the departure of the last U.S. combat troops from Vietnam in March and the fall of Saigon to communist North Vietnamese forces in AprilAmericans have been unable to agree on how to characterize the long, costly and ultimately unsuccessful U.S.

military involvement in Indochina. The American involvement in Vietnam. Thousands of books have been written on the issue of the American involvement in the Vietnam War.

It's an issue that still evokes emotion and difference of opinion today. America's official military involvement in the Vietnam. US involvement was more complex than this. The US had been involved in Vietnam before the end of World War 2. At that time Vietnam was part of French Indo-China along with Laos and Cambodia.

With the defeat of the Japanese inthe French assumed they would resume where they had been in However the Vietnamese fought the French and under General Giap defeated.

The main reason for the United States of America to become apart of the Vietnam War was to end communism and since the Soviet Union was involved already, it seemed more inviting for them.

Also, during that time the President of the United States declared that any country from their allies if demanded help to end communism, the US would provide it.

more specifically, the United States got involved in Vietnam to prevent the spread of communism throughout Asia. The domino theory, prevalent in the U.S. government, poised that if Vietnam were to become communist, it would lead to communist conquests of surrounding countries; victory in Vietnam was crucial to stopping communist expansion in Asia.

Kahin, George McT., Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam () More recent literature on the topic: Logevall, F., Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.

The United States did get involved in the Vietnam war because of communism in Vietnam. The United States got involved in Vietnam because of their policy of containment and the fear of the Domino Theory. What you have to understand is this is all because of the Cold War which was a “war” between the USSR and the United States.

The United States clearly should not have gotten involved in the Vietnam War because it was unnecessary, not supported by the home front, and caused a. Vietnam War - Vietnam War - The United States enters the war: Between the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the U.S.

presidential election in Novemberthe situation in Vietnam had changed for the worse. Beginning in September, the Khanh government was succeeded by a bewildering array of cliques and coalitions, some of which stayed in power less than a month.

America wanted to get involved in the Vietnam situation as early as the s, under the cover of stopping the spread of communism. The US, an Imperialist country was actually trying to protect the interests of another Imperialist country, France, after a pro-communist government led by Ho Chi Minn jeopardized French control.

The US/Allies fought Communist North Vietnam to prevent it from conquering South Vietnam. On Ap North Vietnamese Army (NVA) Tanks crashed through the gates of SOUTH Vietnam.

Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) is a designation for United States military advisors sent to other countries to assist in the training of conventional armed forces and facilitate military aid.

Although numerous MAAGs operated around the world throughout the s–s, the most famous MAAGs were those active in Southeast Asia before and during the Vietnam War. The Korean War was fought between North Koreans and the South Koreans throughout the early part of the s.

The north had the support of communist allies including the Soviet Union and China, while the south had the support of the west with the United States. In fact, the United States would play a large role in the conflict for several years. Why did the USA become involved in Vietnam in the s and s.

I know Vietnam was a "battle" in the cold war like Korea was and that the Americans feared the Domino theory but what other reasons did they have to become involved in Vietnam. A HISTORY OF HOW THE U.S. GOT INVOLVED IN VIETNAM. Indochina Vietnam, as most everyone knows, is a country that has been no stranger to war.

Many in fact, chalk up our own involvement in Vietnam as just another war in a long progression of warfare that has been Vietnam's history, as if the wars that have occurred there are somehow due to the "nature" of the Vietnamese, or just part of the.

U.S. Involvement in the Vietnam War: the Gulf of Tonkin and Escalation, In early Augusttwo U.S. destroyers stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam radioed that they had been fired upon by North Vietnamese forces.

In response to these reported incidents, President Lyndon B. Johnson requested permission from the U.S. Congress to increase the U.S. military presence in Indochina. Should the US have become involved in the Vietnam conflict.

The real question they should be asking and answering is, "Why did we have to become involved in the Vietnam conflict?" Then they could start tracing the miserable effects of one foreign policy failure after another, starting with our role in the treaty that ended WWI. 4) The First US military advisers were sent to Vietnam in Novemberthe date used by the US military for the start of the Second Indochina (Vietnam) War although many historians use May when the US violated the Geneva Agreements.

The US continued to increase their advisers with a large increase in - by JFK. Why did the US get involved in Vietnam. All the US wanted to do was to prevent those areas in the world that fell under the influence of communism.

In the late 40s and early 50s, The Cold War was at its peak, when the United States asked America for help. To the United States government, Vietnam was just another Korea. The public was also told that it was to stop the spread of Communism (claiming the south vietnamese did not want to be).

That was half true. The French were losing hold of their colony in Vietnam and if it fell under Communist control it would seriusly jeopardize America's security and economic interests in Asia. During the Cold War, the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. were fighting to decide if Capitalism or Communism would be the dominant market type.

The U.S. entered Vietnam to help fight out the Russians who were trying to establish a Communist government there. Waqar Jamil - 7/29/ I think the Buzzanco article on how the US and Iraq became enemies bears great significance because as pointed out.

The U.S. was attempting to keep Communism from spilling over from North Vietnam to South Vietnam (one of the other posters referenced the "Domino Theory," which suggested that if one country became Communist, another could become Communist, and so .

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