The United States strongly underestimated the power and desire that the North Vietnamese had to gain control and preserve communism. It was thought that the US presence in Vietnam was required to contain the communist influence from living up to the expectations of the Domino Theory. The Domino Theory resulted from the Cold War and stated that if one country was to fall under the communist regime, soon neighboring countries would fall. At the time France was fighting to gain back control of Vietnam as it was beginning to feel resistance from small guerrilla groups known as the Viet Kong, so America saw it as its duty to help out their French allies by giving money and supplying weapons. America believed this was necessary in order to help the French keep control of Vietnam and never fall to Communism.
This paper will prove that in fact, America should have not gotten involved with the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War took place in between 1947- 1975. It consisted of North Vietnam trying to make South Vietnam a communism government. The United States later joined this conflict because of the stress North Vietnam was putting to South Vietnam to become a government that America did not want. The main reason why America joined was because of a theory called the Domino Effect.
The United States committed troops in Vietnam with the hopes to defend and ideal rather than a finite territory. The war in Vietnam was subject to an unfortunate metaphor for American distaste for communism stemming from an even pettier competition for party domination with attempts by the minority Republicans to blame Truman for China’s fall to communism. Events surrounding the Cold War created a dichotomous “us vs. them” mentality between capitalism and communism. Primarily clinging to the fallible Domino Theory , the American mind thought a country identifying as communist is another enemy power against the United States, regardless of its actual intentions in the international arena . During Kennedy’s campaign, the liberal party attempte... ... middle of paper ... ...Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam”, which was the original aim of the Vietcong all along, indirectly admitting US defeat.
Robert S. McNamara, appointed by John F. Kennedy to the position of U.S. Secretary of Defense in 1961, said about the Vietnam War, “It is important to recognize it’s a South Vietnamese war. It will be won or lost depending upon what they do. We can advise and help, but they are responsible for the final results, and it remains to be seen how they will continue to conduct that war,'; (McNamara 72). Despite these guidelines for assisting in the war, the U.S. would end up doing much more than just advising. The Vietnam War was supposed to be a demonstration of how willing the U.S. was to battle communism, but ended up a personal vendetta against the North Vietnamese as the U.S. escalated its commitment in Vietnam infinitely greater than it had ever intended.
Unfortunately sometimes it is best to stay on our own turf. If America interferes too much, things like Vietnam will happen. The main reason for the U.S entering the war was to stop Communist expansion. But Digital History says that “ The war's critics also rejected the notion that the war was necessary to halt Chinese expansionism, noting that Vietnamese history revealed centuries Juanico 2 of bitter enmity between Vietnam and China.” (Digital History 1) Another reason why the United states should have stayed out of Vietnam is because it Wasn’t necessary for ... ... middle of paper ... ...raid of anything that is different. When there is a country that has a different system of government, America goes in to change it.
The Vietnam War originated as a civil war between the North and South. However, soon enough, the United States would find interest in the Vietnam War. American involvement stemmed from several areas of concern, as Communist North Vietnamese guerilla forces attempted to overthrow the current government in Vietnam. The United States, as a Democratic nation, fears the spread of Communism throughout the world, which has led to the "domino theory." In an interview with Robert Richards, President Dwight D. Eisenhower explained the importance of Indochina to the free world.
This is linked with the dominoes theory as they basically state the same kind of thing, if one country falls to communism it will spread. America did not want communism to spread so they involved themselves in the war to contain the spread of it. However another reason might have been to undermine communism and spread capitalism all over the world. All of these are reasons why the USA got involved in Vietnam they all link with on another as the main purpose of them getting involved is to stop the spread of communism and to perhaps spread capitalism. History Vietnamcoursework question 1
To dishonor that pledge, to abandon this small and brave nation to its enemies, and to the terror that must follow, would be an unforgivable wrong.” But was it really a noble cause? I don’t think so. There are several reasons why I think it was a shameful venture: First, we want South Vietnam keep its independence is not just because for Vietnamese freedom, but also is we want to make South Vietnam to become an obstacle that could stop the spreading of communist. Second, why did our government kept so many secrets to public during the war? Why our embassy was occupied by Vietcong just after our government said: “American is standing on the brink of triumph.” Third, do we really know a country 8000 miles far away from us?
Instead, Bush needs to swallow his pride and except his unawareness of warnings and consequences, then informing the blindly persuaded citizens the poorly hidden truth. Eventually weapons of mass destruction will strike the U.S.A., and will be tragic. Until then the United States needs to make their decisions wisely and take more opinions into consideration before making the final decision of launching military action. Overall the United States should only pronounce war when the situation determines war is justified, rather than proceeding with war when there is no evidence backing up justification. Whether the war is for the protection of the United States and it’s alliances, or for oil and the spread of democracy, the United States needs to make decisions that would influence the future of the Nation in a positive way.
The Things They Carried demonstrates the soldiers’ opposition to the war. However, the U. S. remained focused on preventing a communist takeover. The United States enormous political power affected history New Historicism directly relates to The Things They Carried. The novel contains New Historicism elements, true history recovery and political power focus. The Vietnam War negatively affects the soldiers.