The Vietnam War changed Vietnam greatly. The war left Vietnam in shambles and the war was also a calamity. The war impacted the citizens in many ways. The conditions of the Vietnam War were very hazardous and threatening to many citizens of Vietnam during the time of the war. The conditions of the war intimidated and panicked by all the chaos and disaster that took place at the time.
The Vietnam War was a horrific war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. There were many causes for the Vietnam War from both the North and South side. There were also many emotions during the war for United States citizens, Vietnam citizens and soldiers of the war for both Americans and Vietnamese. United States couldn’t help but get into the war. They had to intervene which brought tons of good and bad things to the United States.
To most people now and then see that Vietnam was a war that was not winnable. Also that the draft was unfair and we should not have sent those young men to dying for a belief. Tension in these event were the direct result of the Anti-War movement and protests in America. We look back at the War and see all the mistakes from it and hopefully we have learned from those and we will never have to be in the same boat as they were.
In effect of these many issues the American foreign policy was continually changing to suit our present state. In a sense, the war in Vietnam could be described as a two front war, a war in Vietnam with war being waged with tanks, guns and bullets, and a "war at home," fought on the streets, campuses and offices throughout the nation. THE MEDIA The Vietnam War was probably the most important historical event in which the news media's influence was felt among the American public. The Vietnam War was a conflict that many Americans would like to forget. What began as a fight against Communism and the spread of it, the war escalated to an uncontrollable point.
The citizens during that period of time would definitely agree. The war caused a severe decrease in the countries moral. Many people no longer trusted the government and grew extremely skeptical of its actions. The recession soon after the war did not help in boosting the spirit of the country. The Vietnam war also exposed many of the United States‘ weaknesses.
Sir Wilfrid Laurier warned that “If this military bill is passed, we will face a cleavage which may rend and tear this Canada of ours down to the roots” (Newman, 94). Conscription had surely made an enormous dent in society. Riots occurred in Quebec because of this single issue. The Quebec citizens were absolutely outraged that they were forced to fight for “les Anglais”. Feeling little attachment to both France and Britain, many did not want to participate in the war.
They became angry that so many of their civilians were being injured and killed and did not want the government set up by the United States to stay in place. With even more Vietnamese people against the United States, there was no way that they were going to be able to win this war. In 1975 many tired troops finally came home from Vietnam, defeated. Their efforts did not end communism and left countless numbers of Americans and Vietnamese people dead. The United States weak strategies, the public’s anti-war attitude, and the Vietnamese’s opposition to the government the United States had set up all contributed to the United State’s defeat in Vietnam.
Among many reasons, one of the two biggest factors in the lose of the war was America’s foreign policy how and how bad the US underestimated how important freedom and independence was to the people of Vietnam. On top of that the US used the wrong military strategy, instead of focusing on limiting collateral damage the US used heavy artillery that killed citizens and alienated would be supporters. There was political corruptness in South Vietnam governments, which meant that they could not build an alternative to the NLF. At home, the public opinion of the war was decreasing at a constant rate and demonstrations were at an all time high. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and these problems all contributed to a Vietnam tour that went horribly wrong and an attitude among the American people that was growing ever doubt full of their government.
The Vietnam War was a brutal war for everyone involved. There were many American and Vietnam deaths alike. The U.S went into Vietnam with the goal of preventing the spread of communism. The authors of the secondary sources in Thinking Through the Past, George Herring and Loren Baritz argue why the U.S failed in Vietnam. According to those two articles, there were many causes for why the U.S failed in the Vietnam War, including our lack of plan, our over confidence in our capabilities, and fighting a war with little support from our people.
The Vietnam War To many, the 1960's could definately be considered one of the most controversial decades of this century. It was a time in which many mistakes were made evolving around the Vietnam War which resulted in the immense suffering of two nations. The war had many casualties; along with the death of soldiers and civilians, LBJ's presidency and the 'Great Society' also were killed by the war. The US's fear of the domino theory led them in an attempt to control the spread of communism in North Vietnam, whose government was led by Ho Chi Minh. This attempt had failed in many ways because of an inexperienced president and his unarticulated ideals of how to control a war and satisfy his country at the same time.