President Harry Truman authorized economic and military aid to the French who were fighting to regain control of Laos and Cambodia along with Vietnam. The United States refused to accept the agreement the French had made to the creation of communist Vietnam North and South. President Eisenhower dispatched military advisors to train South Vietnamese Army and the CIA to conduct psychological warfare against the North.
In 1961 John F. Kennedy secretly sent in 400 Special Operations Force trained soldiers – known as Green Berets -- taught South Vietnamese how to fight against the communist Guerillas in South Vietnam. On September 2, 1963, in an interview Kennedy said, “We need to send our men as advisors, but they have to win it, the people of Vietnam against the Communist, we’re prepared to continue to assist them.” After Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johns...
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...n was the one who took the blame for the war, while Truman and Eisenhower got away “unscathed”. Stephen E. Ambrose thinks differently though. He said “One of Ike 's greatest accomplishments was staying out of Vietnam…” He goes on to say that his “hard headed military reasoning” kept them out of the war, during his presidency. It is also pointed out in Cuddy’s essay that it may have been Johnsons “flawed personality, and his key policy decisions” Americanized the war. Given what is known about how Johnson handled the war, this observation could be true. Cuddy goes on to say that Eisenhower had a clean break from the war with Ho Chi Minh’s “forces shattered French power at Diem Biem Phu.” Either way you chose to look at it, America did enter the war. Some thoughts and stratiges may not have been thought out like they should, but it is history and you cant change it now.
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