The Vietnam War was a pivotal changing point in the American foreign policy. Through the span of three presidents and the Cold War, Vietnam changed the outlook of America in the world wide arena. After the end of the Indochina war and oppression of Vietnam by the French, the country was split into the north and the south along the 17th parallel. Following the declaration of the Geneva Accord there was to be a demilitarized zone along the north and the south of the 17th parallel and each side of the nation would have 300 days to remove their personnel from the opposing side of the country. North Vietnam, or the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, was controlled by the Vietnamese Communist Party (Worker’s Party) the elected president was Ho Chi Minh. South Vietnam, or The State of Vietnam, was led by Ngo Dinh Diem. To the north Minn accelerated the communist logic and envisioned making Vietnam a great communist state. Diem viewed the conservative ways of western world led by The United States and would lead the new Vietnam into the new century with democracy.
The Cold War played a particularly large role in the foreign policy making of the administrations during Vietnam War and after. Presidents and cabinets were involved in the containment of communism. This was done in multiple was to include military actions, economic sanctions, and monetary policies that assisted in rebuilding nations that were affected by war. A few of the plans include the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and military actions in Indochina. The two particular views on containment come from George Keenan and Paul Nitze. Keenan’s policy entailed that communism was not a global immediate threat and that it could be thought of as wild fires...
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