The politicians realised they were unable to achieve the military objectives of the war. Secondly the increasing social unrest back home in the USA was threatening national security and the potential stability of the country. The increasing tide of opposition to the war had led to the promise of withdrawal since 1968. The delay till 1973 for final withdrawal was because Nixon did not want to loose the war ("Peace with honour"). Due to domestic pressure, peace talks began but fighting continued and the period saw the heaviest war bombing of North Vietnam in an effort to make the Vietcong accept a peace treaty which was finally signed in 1973.
The Vietnam War events from 1964 to 1975 created tensions in politics, economics, and social aspects of American life. President Johnson believed in containment and the domino theory. Containment was to stop the spread of communism. Domino Theory was that if one country falls then more and more will start to fall as well, they were most worried about Southeast Asia. To stop the spread of communism President Johnson told Congress that North Vietnam attacked one of the American ships first.
The recent government shutdown was because Republicans did not want to increase the debt ceiling (Przybyla). The fear of our country being downgraded for not paying our debts was a huge concern and both parties were urged to come to an agreement (Przybyla). The Democrats and President Obama would not negotiate so the Republicans conceded to a point, only temporarily extending the budget and the debt limit (Przybyla). What are the positions of the Democrats and the Republicans on the debt limit, and which side do you mostly agree with? The Republicans main argument was to cut spending to equal the increase of the debt ceiling (United).
While this was a mayor issue in history the American people should not look at this one bad apple. If the whole United States thought that everyone in the government was corrupt then we would have a huge problem. Historians on the opposing side believe that Nixon had a choice, but he choose the wrong one. He wanted to cover up the Watergate Scandal, and that was the turning point of his presidency. Maurice H. Stans explains, “Nixon was not a party to the Watergate break-in.
Vietnam1 Vietnam is a country 9000 miles away from the United States. Yet America felt that its national interest to protect the peace in south Asia and stop communist was threatened strongly enough to fight a war there. Therefore, American considered that the establishment of the "Iron Curtain" of Europe must be stopped to happen again in Asia. Meanwhile, the communist take over of China, the Korean War and the communist victory over the French in Vietnam --all led many Americans to fear that The communists were taking over the world and America must dispatch force to stop their expansion. At that time, most American believed in the "Domino Theory", suggesting that if one Asian country fell to the Communist the others would quickly follow.
America suffered internally economically for a war that never made progress in favor of an anticommunist revolution. Each President struggled to put an end to the communistic movement in Southern Asia to dissolve the spread from country to country. After three presidents tried to solve this problem Nixon finally had the plan that would put in to movement that the United States did not need to the the World Police but rather a supporter to other countries. This is a serious idea that today many people in America have forgotten, especially the lesson of the war in Vietnam.
Prior to the Reagan Administration, the United States had already made several attempts to fight the spread of C... ... middle of paper ... ...idual states, effectively ending the Cold War. Reagan’s leadership and the relationship he forged with Gorbachev set the stage for a peaceful resolution of the Cold War. Through his foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve the transformative goal of “peace through strength”. But while Reagan’s expansion of the military budget and warrior-like rhetoric were significant, his vision would not have come to pass without an atrophying Soviet economy and the rise to power of Gorbachev in 1985. Works Cited http://www.nsspress.com/braunwarth_reader/sec20.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reagan_Doctrine http://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/us-aid-anticommunist-rebels-reagan-doctrine-its-pitfalls http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/joncayzer/2011/02/16/ronald-reagan-at-100-the-legacy/ http://www.hks.harvard.edu/m-rcbg/CSRI/publications/workingpaper_16_ruggie.pdf
Whereas Nixon took the passive route, Reagan used powerful anti-Communist rhetoric to set the tone for his approach towards fighting Communists. Of his projected changes "none was more important to Reagan than building up tremendous military s... ... middle of paper ... ... powerful anti-Communist rhetoric stating in 1980 that "the Soviet Union underlies all the unrest that is going on" (LPW, 527). By 1983 Reagan was denouncing the Soviets as the "evil empire" and continued to accelerate his military build up. The President attempted to talk to Soviet leaders about limiting nuclear arms but nothing would come of these talks. A Democratic notion of a "nuclear freeze" forced Reagan to reconsider his military policy because the election of 1984 was approaching and he had to appease the American public.
America’s participation in the Vietnam War was in response to the Domino Theory. The Domino Theory failed to consider the integrity of the North Vietnamese. The Board of National Estimates stated; “We do not believe that the loss of South Vietnam and Laos would be followed by the rapid, successive communization of the other states of the Far East...It is likely that no nation in the area would quickly succumb to Communism as a result of the fall of Laos and South Vietnam” (“The Domino Theory”). The significance of the Domino Theory ultimately presented the sensitive conflict between Democracy and Communism. Essentially, the Domino Theory was a knee-jerk reaction, was the reason for the United States entering Vietnam, but it was not a justification for war.
The assessment report of the visit became what is known today as the White Paper, which requested an increase in the services (political, economic and military) provided by the US. Despite advisors warning Kennedy to pull o... ... middle of paper ... ...ietnam War it is clear that the US did not look at the complete picture, instead they moved on their perception of politics. Their decision was based on the decisions of an administration divided at the seams. The fear of maintaining safety for the US pushed America to react out of fear of the inevitable. It is clear the US was not prepared financially to spend billions of dollars or strategically to fight a war of such magnitude.