The Vietnam War: The National Liberation Front

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Throughout the history of the United States of America, maintaining a free country and spreading ideas of democracy has been top priority. With that being said, if you look at the military history of the US from the Korean War in the 1950’s, the heart of the Cold War era with the Soviets and to the near 20 year battle of the Vietnam war, a healthy number of bloodshed has been the same. Not necessarily in how they were fought but why they were fought. The conflict and casualties have all come and gone over a common notion: The lasting feud of western democracies and their allies pinned against Communist and Totalitarian regimes across the globe. The Vietnam War was one primarily fueled by the Cold War, it was fought to protect the interest of…show more content…
The idea of unification brought people of communist and non-communist beliefs under a common goal for a short time; This all changed when the question had come upon the two sides of who and what political party would rise. There was a treaty signed in July 1954 at a Geneva conference that split Vietnam along the latitude known as the 17th Parallel. The division was supposed to be temporary, so the treaty also called for nationwide elections for reunification to be held in 1956. When the time came Minh resisted…show more content…
Worried by this, Kennedy’s successor Lyndon B. Johnson seeks to increase US military and political influence in South Vietnam to insure political safety. North Vietnam saw the US military as a sort of threat and began to show resistance to our troops fairly quickly. In August of 1964 Viet Cong boats attacked two US destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin. Now Johnson had ramped up the firepower to bombing of military targets in North Vietnam. In March 1965, Johnson made the decision to send U.S. combat forces into battle in Vietnam. By June, 82,000 combat troops were stationed in Vietnam, and military leaders were calling for more by the end of 1965. Johnson authorized the immediate dispatch of 100,000 troops at the end of July 1965 and another 100,000 in 1966 (Vietnam War). The United States was not the only country to actively support South Vietnam, many other countries sent few troops to help the

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