To stop the spread of communism President Johnson told Congress that North Vietnam attacked one of the American ships first. We would later find out that is was a lie to get get Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. This document states that “ Resolved by the Senate and House if Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Congress approves and supports the determination of the President, to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression. (Document A)” This document then threw off the check and balance because now it was giving the president to much power. Once we went to war we thought it was going to be fast, at least thats what Johnson wanted America to believe.
The Significance of The Vietnam War Within one generation, The United States have experienced The Second World War, The Korean War and fifteen years of The Cold War crisis. The Vietnam War was the last drop into the cup of American patience. The costs of The Vietnam War were intolerable, because they contravened traditional American values and hopes. In the year 1965, American government announced, with public support, that America is going to win the guerilla war and defeat the “global communist conspiracy”. It also promised to build free institutions in South-East Asia.
The USSR was also a communist country at the time. The U.S. disliked the USSR, because they had different beliefs than th... ... middle of paper ... ...rican taxpayers had to pay for it. Students were against the war because after the African Americans, they were the next to be drafted. The students saw the Vietnam War as something they could fight against. They held peaceful Archer 10 demonstrations and protests at universities all across the country.
Unfortunately, many people believe this to be his greatest failure. Never has a war seen more protests and draft dodgers. Even now, the word Vietnam leaves a rotten taste in people’s mouth. For Johnson in 1968, the United States joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, prohibiting the transfer of nuclear weapons to other nations and assisting other nations to join the nuclear arms race. Mr. Madison’s war of 1812 happened because of England and France.
In 1962 JFK sent... ... middle of paper ... ...xchange, North Vietnam promised that elections would be held to determine the fate of the whole country. As the Watergate scandal began to enclose around Nixon, the North Vietnamese Communist leader Le Duan assumed correctly that the United States would not likely interfere in Vietnam, even though Nixon promised to. As a result from that, North Vietnamese troops began to move into South Vietnam in 1974. Nixon resigned in shame in Aug. 1974 and was replaced by the Vice President, Gerald R. Ford. Any hope to try to salvage the war was shattered when congress refused adequate funding for the South Vietnamese army in 1974.
Therefore, with France withdrawal from Vietnam, American wants to prevent a Communist takeover as well as reluctance on apart of American presidents to assume of primary responsibility for fighting Vietcong and their North communist Vietnam allies. Meanwhile, From Truman, American presidents all had done enough to avoid charge as " who lost Vietnam to communist." by 1954, instead of keep the promise of Geneva of taking place a free elections in order to elect a leader to rule the united Vietnam, American assisted Nyo Dinb Diem as the president of Vietnam, established American- style government in the southern Vietnam. By the mid-1950s, the Vietcong pose a great threat against South Vietnam, and the North began to pump weapons, advisors, and other resource into the southern cadres, which were reorganized as the National Liberation Front in 1958. At this time, " losing the Vietnam to communist " also strikes into American president's heart, therefore, in the late 1950, US government dispatched hundreds of special "advisers" (later in war the numbers was up to thousands) to assist S.
From President Eisenhower to President Obama, they have made a commitment to fight communism and terrorism. First I would like to focus on President Eisenhower and his role in Vietnam and the prevention of communism. After Truman’s doctrine and NSC 68 it was clear even though Truman was out of office that his stand against communism would be apparent for a very long time. Eisenhower decided to get involved with Vietnam with very little transparency to the public. It was known that the North Vietnamese under the rule of Minh were trying to make all of Vietnam a communist country.
Ngo Dinh Diem As the Cold War escalated in the United States, Eisenhower and Washington would make their anti-communist policies felt by stopping Ho Chi Minh from realizing his goal of reunification of Vietnam. The Americans would erect a new non-communist government in Nam, or south, and put at its helm, Ngo Dinh Diem. From 1954-1963, Diem presided over an increasingly corrupt, devious, and repressive regime. Communist guerrillas backed by North Vietnam launched a new rebellion, but a civil disobedience campaign led by the country's Buddhist monks contributed more directly to his downfall. Brutal persecution of the dissident monks in 1963 damaged the regime's already shaky international reputation.
Richard Nixon went along a different road then the peacekeepers he wanted to end the United States involvement in the war with a policy that he called "Vietnamization" (Dolan 28). Vietnamization was a policy that would allow the United States to build up the South Vietnamese Army to the point where if they had to that they could sit there and defend themselves from the North Vietnamese Army (Dolan 28). This was a slow process but in time United State soldiers were pulled away from this conflict, and the South Vietnamese took over most of the ground fight. The United States still provided air support and economic aid (Dolan 28). This book demonstrates a good grasp of the peace talks that failed in Paris that ultimately resulted in the beginning of the conflict.
Now, this talk is not anti-American, I have American relatives and I don’t hate them. But what I do hate is this free world democracy spiel which the government are always belching out about. How is America a free democracy with free pres when the country’s inhabitants are so Ill-informed about the rest of the world! The media vilifies the Arab states e.g. Iran, Iraq, Syria even when it was America who installed the dictatorships in the first place for fear of single Islamic entity forming, and they support Israel who are in the process of genocide against Palestinians.