The Vietnam War Was A Disaster For The United States

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“You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you, but in the end, you will tire of it first”. This Quote by Vietnam leader Ho Chi Men shows just how far the Vietnamese were willing to go to defend their country. The Vietnam War was a disaster for the United States and still affects Americans today. One of the biggest questions about the Vietnam War was The Draft. The Draft was a highly debated topic during the Vietnam War. The Draft is where Americans are chosen in a lottery format to fight in the war. The Vietnam War was affected by the draft and still affects people today. It affected America because of the people that it chose and their families, the amount of people that tried to escape and the protesting that came along with it, and how the war affected the Draftees when they came back home. The United States became involved in the Vietnam War because The United States of America wanted to prevent areas of the world falling under Communist influence. “The Cold War was at its height in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when the French appealed to the United States for aid. The United States government saw Vietnam as another Korea.” (History1) The United States is a country that is very powerful and is always willing to come and help their allies when they are in need. Kennedy and the American people believed in the domino effect and believed that if Vietnam fell to communism their surrounding countries would follow. “US military advisers began to be sent to help the South Vietnamese army, but did not actually take part in the fighting. Their function was to train the South Vietnamese army. When he became president in 1961, Kennedy increased the number of military advisors from 700 to 15,000.” (History1) The countr... ... middle of paper ... ...y were thrown into the thick of things in Vietnam and that was completely unfair to them and all of their family’s as well. The war in Vietnam was heartbreaking to the American people and it was a huge mistake for the U.S. to join. Not only did the United States lose the war to Vietnam but also the amount of casualties that were suffered was detrimental to families everywhere. The Draft was a terrible idea for the U.S. to implant in America. It caused the wrong people to be chosen who never wanted anything to do with the war in the first place. It caused many Americans to flee to Canada and disappear from the U.S. completely. Lastly, it caused much physical and mental harm to people who didn’t even believe in what they were fighting for. Ho Chi Min was right when he said the U.S. would tire and give up. The draftees weren’t ready for Vietnam, neither was America.
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