U.S Involvement in the Vietnam War

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U.S Involvement in the Vietnam War

"No new taxes." This is a quote that most all of us remember from

the 1992 presidential election. Along with it we remember that there were

new taxes during that presidents term in office. There are a myriad of

promises made and things done in a presidential election year that have

questionable motives as to whether they are done in the best interest of

the people or in the interests of the presidential candidate. These hidden

interests are one of the biggest problems with the political aspects of

government in modern society. One of the prime examples of this is the

Vietnam War. Although South Vietnam asked for our help, which we had

previously promised, the entire conflict was managed in order to meet

personal political agendas and to remain politically correct in the world's

eyes rather than to bring a quick and decisive end to the conflict. This

can be seen in the selective bombing of Hanoi throughout the course of the

Vietnam War. Politically this strategy looked very good. However,

militarily it was ludicrous. War is the one arena in which politicians

have no place. War is the military's sole purpose. Therefore, the U. S.

Military should be allowed to conduct any war, conflict, or police action

that it has been committed to without political interference or control

because of the problems and hidden interests which are always present when

dealing with polit

United States involvement in the Vietnam War actually began in 1950

when the U. S. began to subsidize the French Army in South Vietnam. This

involvement continued to escalate throughout the 1950's and into the early

1960's. On August 4, 1964 the Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred in which

American Naval Vessels in South Vietnamese waters were fired upon by North

Vietnam. On August 5, 1964 President Johnson requested a resolution

expressing the determination of the United Sates in supporting freedom and

in protecting peace in southeast Asia ( Johnson ). On August 7, 1964, in

response to the presidential request, Congress authorized President Johnson

to take all necessary measures to repel any attack and to prevent

aggression against the U. S. in southeast Asia ( United States ). The

selective bombing of North Vietnam began immediately in response to this

resolution. In March of the following year U. S. troops began to arrive.

Although the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution specifically stated that we

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that baker thought that they needed to win it.
  • Opines that there was very little about what needed to be done militarily to win the war.
  • Opines that they had no doubt we would bomb iraq if they were going to be bombed.
  • Opines that it would be ludicrous not to fight the war in the air as much, if not more, than on the ground.
  • Describes the two conflicts and explains that one fact can be seen very clearly.
  • Explains how the gulf war helped the military in achieving its goals.
  • Opines that if we do not learn from these lessons that are so.
  • Opines that one of the largest problems was the lack of a clear objective in the war.
  • Describes the painful lessons learned during the vietnam war, which were still fresh on the minds of many of those involved in the war.
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