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U.S. Actions in Vietnam

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U.S. Actions in Vietnam The two viewpoints in the book, “Opposing Veiwpoints in American History” were about the US actions in the Vietnam. Were they justified or not? According to Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. actions were justified. Johnson became president after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The conflict in Vietnam was already in Vietnam when Johnson took over. A professor of history at United States International University in San Diego, Young Hum Kim, has a different viewpoint about the war. He felt that US actions were not justified and were seriously flawed. According to President Johnson (1965), the U.S. fought for many reasons. The object of war is “total conquest”, and the outcome is the works of peace. (pg. 289) He felt war was necessary to help save many people from brutal assassinations and kidnappings. Many woman and children were victims because their men were loyal to their government. Communism was taking over. “We are there because we have a promise to keep.” (pg290) Johnson felt that the United States had all the intention to help out the people of South Vietnam. “We will help defend what we helped build.” If not, it would look as if the U.S. was not reliable. If the United States breaks one promise, who’s to say they won’t break another. To break that promise is like putting this little nation in the hands of their enemy. This would not show loyalty to other nations,especialy South Vietnam, and it would be unforgivable. “We are also there to strengthen world order.” (pg290) If the U.S. were to back out on this war, other nations would see that their promise meant nothing, and they would not have any confidence in the U.S. What would the value of their commitments be to these other nations? President Johnson wanted to be trustworthy. If not, the result would have been definitely a bigger war. “We are also there because there are great stakes in the balance.” (pg290) Johnson felt that another reason for fighting was he wanted the people in Vietnam to go their own direction in life. To be able to choose which kind of life to lead. Some thought that if they would just stop fighting things would get better, but that would only lead to China going from one country to another. “We will do anything and everything to help, if it is absolutely necessary.” For example, President Johnson started to increase

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the us actions in vietnam. were they justified or not?
  • Explains that young hum kim, from the university of san diego, has a different viewpoint about the war.
  • Explains that the object of war is "total conquest", and the outcome is the works of peace.
  • Opines that breaking that promise is like putting this little nation in the hands of their enemies.
  • Analyzes how kim felt that the u.s. was egotistical about their power.
  • Opines that no leader in his right mind would even think of asia.
  • Opines that the united states had all the intention to help out the people of south vietnam.
  • Opines that if the u.s. were to back out on this war, other nations would see that their promise meant nothing, and they would not have any confidence in the us.
  • Opines that johnson wanted the people in vietnam to go their own direction in life. some thought that if they stopped fighting things would improve, but that would only lead to china going from one country to another.
  • Opines that the response to the attacks on south vietnam by making air attacks was only because what they were doing before was not doing any good.
  • Opines that the only way out is a peaceful exit. the confidence of the people in south vietnam, as well as to convince the leaders of north vietnam.
  • Opines that kim felt the u.s. put the containment wall in regions of asia which were bound to fail, and that the united states did not take vietcong along with north vietnam’s strength seriously enough.
  • Analyzes kim's view that the u.s. did not see anything all right with being neutral.
  • Opines that kim feels that the u.s. sent troops somewhere where they weren't needed that bad. they also see president johnson's point when he says that "we will not break a promise..."
  • Opines that president johnson has more things that make sense than kim. kim is a person that feels strongly against war that he has to make things bigger.
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