A War America Could have Won

analytical Essay
1811 words
1811 words

A War America Could have Won

North Vietnam was battling for ownership of South Vietnam, so they could be a unified communist nation. To prevent the domino effect and further spread of communism, the USA troops in 1965 went into action against the Viet Cong until 1975. Not only did the greatest superpower in the world get bested by a third world nation, but also lost badly. Perhaps this war could have been won, or prevented in the first place. The USA could have and should have won this war, with a combination of better weapons usage, better tactics and better support from their home country.

The First American combat troops in Vietnam landed at Da Nang in 8 March 1965 to defend the air base. With the exception of the nuclear weapon, every piece of equipment in America's mighty arsenal was used in the war. The USA President Lyndon Johnson said "Our goal was to deter and diminish the strength of the North Vietnamese aggressors and try to convince them to leave South Vietnam alone"#. Johnson limited the conflict to an air war at first, hoping to pound away and push the Viet Cong into giving in. He used planes such as the B-52 bomber to try to win the war as quickly as possible. So he unleashed a continuous bombing raid on North Vietnam. This was the raid known as 'Operation Rolling Thunder'. American scientist created an array of ultra-sensitive devices to detect the army. THE B-52 dropped bombs in large amounts of the defoliating gas, Agent Orange. Hundreds of millions of acres of jungle were destroyed and even fields of rice paddies were poisoned because of Agent Orange. Agent Orange was supposed to eliminate the Viet Cong's advantageous hiding places, but it only turned the people the American's were fighting for against them even more. Yet another type of bomb was used. Napalm was also another mistake. By using a flammable jelly to literally burn up all of North Vietnam, the USA not only killed more civilians than soldiers, but also raised several ethnical questions. Weighing the consequences of using weapons such as napalm and Agent Orange, the USA quite possibly could have won the Vietnam War completely through the use of air power. More tonnage of ordinance was dropped in any given week during Vietnam than during all other wars in the history of the world combined.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that north vietnam was battling for ownership of south vietnam, so they could be a unified communist nation. the usa could have won this war with better weapons usage, better tactics, and better support from their home country.
  • Explains that the usa's goal was to deter and diminish the strength of the north vietnamese aggressors and try to convince them to leave south vietnam alone.
  • Analyzes how nixon inherited an unpopular war. he reduced us ground troops, increased bombing, and sent henry kissinger to paris for secret negotiations with the north vietnamese.
  • Analyzes the reasons why the united states lost the war in vietnam, stating that washington had sought to contain international communism, but this global strategic concern masked the reality that the appeal of the vietnamese derived from local economic, social, and historical conditions.
  • Compares the tactics of the us and the viet cong in vietnam.
  • Argues that the saddest chapter in american history could have been avoided with good leadership, planning, prearedness, and confidence.
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