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Vietnam And The Vietnam War

- Vietnam has a long history of fighting off imperialistic countries and empires, a Vietnamese nationalist named Ho Chi Minh grew tired of Vietnam controlled by other countries and in 1941 he formed a group called the Vietminh and began the fight for Vietnamese independence for the final time. Finally, in 1945 Ho Chi Minh had gained independence for Vietnam and began his communist rule. Ho Chi Minh believed that he would have the support of the United States due to their opposition of colonialism but due to the Cold War and Vietnam now being communist, the United States became increasingly more involved in Vietnamese affairs....   [tags: Vietnam War, Cold War, South Vietnam, Vietnam]

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The Vietnam War Of Vietnam

- The Vietnam War took action after the First Indochina War, in fact the Vietnam War is also known as the Second Indochina War. This war included the communist North Vietnam and its allies of the Viet Cong, the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies going against South Vietnam and its allies, the Unites States, Philippines and other anti-communist allies. It was a very long and conflicting war that actually started in 1954 and ended in 1975. The war began after the rise to power of Ho Chi Minh and his communist party in North Vietnam....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States, Vietnam]

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Vietnam : The Country Of Vietnam

- Vietnam stretches one thousand miles from China in the north to the Gulf of Thailand in the south. The Gulf of Tokin and the South China Sea border the eastern side of the country. In the west, the Annamite Mountains separate Vietnam from Cambodia and Laos. To the north, along Vietnamese-Chinese border are the Hoang Lien Mountains, containing the highest point in Vietnam. Hanoi is the capital and Ho Chi Minh City, previously Saigon, is the largest city. Vietnam is divided into five municipalities and fifty-nine provinces....   [tags: Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam War]

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The War Of Vietnam And South Vietnam

- In 1954, at the Geneva Accords peace talks, after many years of unsuccessful fighting to take back control of Indochina from the Japanese, France pulled out of the fighting. The colony was then divided into Laos, Cambodia, North Vietnam, and South Vietnam. North Vietnam and South Vietnam were divided by the seventeenth parallel and would soon be divided by extreme differences in political views. In the North, the communist leader Ho Chi Minh was creating the Vietminh and the Vietcong. In the South, anti-communist leader president Diem was becoming much hated by the people and would soon be killed by them....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Lyndon B. Johnson]

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Vietnam And The Vietnam War

- ... They were fighting South Vietnamese Army forces with firefights. In 1960, the National Liberation Front (NLF) was formed claiming to be an uncontrolled group. Many people in Washington thought this group was under control of Hanoi. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy sent a team over to find out about conditions in South Vietnam. It was advised that American military economic and technical aid were in need to help fight the Viet Cong threat. By 1962, the US military in South Vietnam had reached 9,000 troops (“Vietnam War History”)....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam]

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Apocalypse Now and Vietnam

- Apocalypse Now takes place during a harsh time in American history. The United States was bogged down in a war against an enemy they created themselves. Vietnam reflects the jungle in Heart of Darkness very accurately. The jungle was exploited by the Europeans. The Europeans drained their ivory and were only in there for personal gain. This was disguised by the superficial idea that they were bringing civilization and were spreading their beacons of light to the dark innards of the jungle. The jungle in return ripped apart the minds of the men and showed them that they are no different then the natives....   [tags: Vietnam]

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The Vietnam War Of Vietnam

- On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War came to an end and although everything seemed like it would get better from then on, Nguyen and his family, along with the rest of the community around him, were still living in fear of the Vietnamese communist government. At this time, Nguyen was sixteen years old and well into the end of his junior year of high school. Once completing his high school education, Nguyen decided that it was time for him to leave Vietnam and escape to find a better life for both him and his family....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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Vietnam And The Vietnam War

- ... This, of course, worried U.S. troops. The United States and Vietnamese mainly fought on ground. The U.S. military arranged a plan to only kill off as many enemy forces as we can, rather than protect territory. Around 1966, some areas in South Vietnam were known as “free-fire zones” . Civilians were notified to relocate to secure places to stay out of the war. Within these areas, the Viet Cong had conjured up ideas. Some guerrilla’s would use these zones as a cover up, then attack the U.S. forces when they least expected it....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Cold War]

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The Vietnam War

- ... On the other hand, sweep and clear sounds as though they are securing a location and not necessarily having to kill anyone. It makes the reader of the article view the US soldier in a slightly more positive light than search and destroy. This one little change just twists the truth just enough to portray the US soldiers more humane. While we only see this one meeting and this one change in the movie, it suggests that changes like this happened quite often in these meetings and adding them all up can certainly change a reader 's opinion on the United States actions in Vietnam....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... Johnson was president at the time and he kept adding more and more troops as the war went on. As the draft quotas increased, the American public protests started. When Nixon came into presidency his policy towards the Vietnam War was "peace with honor" in other words he wanted to widen the war. After more bombing and fighting, on January 27, 1973 the Paris Peace Accords was signed, restoring peace in Vietnam and U.S. forces pulled out. Nixon stopped all American attacks on Vietnam. (History.com Staff) Social movements have been a huge influence in shaping U.S....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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The Vietnam Movement Of Vietnam

- The Vietnam Antiwar Movement is one of the most prominent eras in American History. Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, people across the U.S., young and old, publicly opposed the Vietnam war. Opposers of the war expressed their antiwar opinions by organizing protests and mass demonstrations. Multiple anti-Vietnam war protests significantly effected North America. Despite being underestimated by the United States government and pro-war supporters, the Vietnam Antiwar Movement led to powerful and influential impacts....   [tags: Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon]

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The Tet Offensive Of The Vietnam War

- ... This fighting was done in urban areas, which involved a lot of civilians as well as U.S soldiers having to always be on the lookout for snipers. The North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces were not able to hold their captured cities and were forced to withdraw. Although each side suffered from devastating losses of soldiers. The North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces were estimated to be as high as 40,000 casualties. The U.S. and ARVN forces losses were high but did not come close to the enemies total casualties....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... “Indochina was taken against the background of the fall of Nationalist China and the arrival of Communist Chinese troops on the Indochina border in December 1949.” There was pressure from the French to gain total independence of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. On June 25, 1952, President Truman approved a statement of policy by the National Security Council that stated, “…the loss of any countries of Southeast Asia to Communist control as a consequence of overt or covert Chinese Communist aggression would have critical psychological, and economical consequences.” ​America needed the support of the French to create a European Defense Community....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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Vietnam : Lessons For The Future

- ... Riding the tide of strong anti-Communist sentiments of the public, President Johnson decided in 1965 to escalate our involvement in Vietnam, and in three years, we had more than half a million American troops in Vietnam. Yet no number of troops seemed enough to crush North Vietnamese guerrilla forces. The decision to fight in Vietnam, just like the decision to fight in Korea, pulled us into a long and painful war without a satisfying end. By now, we have lost fifty thousand American soldier but gained little....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam]

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The Bombing Of North Vietnam

- ... It is a different story of the article Bombing of North Vietnam Seen Failure when it comes to the tone toward the war. Instead of give the vibe the United States were winning this article talk about the complete failure of the going on in the Vietnam War against the North Vietnam. There is only seven years, give or take a few months, between these articles being published and it just how the media could turn on person just for one event. The event for the media to turn it back on the Vietnam War would have to be the Tet offensive....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam]

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Outcome Of The Vietnam War

- ... American veterans were forced into many war crimes they had to do, terrible acts like killing innocent people. Kerry talks to the committee on behalf of Vietnam veterans because they feel they have been forgotten. A large amount of soldiers are unemployed. On his conclusion Kerry hopes that America has learned its lesson about manipulating the concept of freedom. He spoke on the fact that people in Vietnam don’t even know the difference between democracy or communism, they were just afraid of the bombs or napalm killings in their lands....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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The Year Long Vietnam War

- There have been many wars throughout US history, but the one that is the most questionable is the twenty year long Vietnam War. Was this war a mistake for America. We sure think it was. There was fighting for twenty years straight with many deaths and really nothing gained in the process. Yeah, we stopped the spread of communism South, but what do we get in return. A huge debt and a whole lot of mourning. This whole fiasco was started with the start of communism spreading from North Vietnam to South Vietnam which started to scare the United States....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam, North Vietnam]

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Vietnam And The Vietnam War

- A lot of people questioned America’s entry into war with Iraq, and were unconvinced of the chances of creating a stable democracy in that country, and have used America’s experience in Vietnam as a comparison. To them, the United Stated bumbled into yet more overseas quicksand; a long and inconclusive political and military undertaking from which the U.S. would be unable to emerge without spending vast amounts of money and blood, and completely giving up on its policy objectives. On the other side, supporters of the war in Iraq dismiss the Vietnam comparison as ambiguous and inaccurate....   [tags: United States, Vietnam War, Iraq War, Cold War]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- f you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. David Giffy (Vietnam veteran) Vietnam War lasted from 1959 until 1975 and had grave consequences that influenced greatly not only the history of Vietnam itself but of other countries as well....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, United States, South Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... This mass hysteria created in the government spread to the citizens of the United States and caused fear among the grand population. This led to the government putting forth policies to stop the spread of communism. During the time of McCarthyism fear was instilled in the American people by creating a campaign against alleged communist in the government. During a speech in Ohio he proclaimed that he knew 205 communist who were working for the government. These allegations were not proven and created a sense of distrust between the American people and the government....   [tags: Vietnam War, Cold War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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The Events Of The Vietnam War

- January 27, 1973 marked a momentous event in U.S. history. This was the first time the U.S. had to hang their heads in shame and withdraw from a war they couldn’t win. On this day, the U.S. and North Vietnam signed the Paris Agreement, which called for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of U.S. troops in sixty days (Goff, South and Southeast Asia in the Late Cold War Era, 448). Some of the questions that come to mind are, “Why did the U.S. get involved in this war?”, “How did this war play out?”, and “What were peoples’ responses to this event?” After reading through the textbook, the article, and documents provided, it’s clear to see that there was a clear motive behind this war, but wa...   [tags: Vietnam War, Cold War, South Vietnam, Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- Many of those supporting the Vietnam War would argue with those against the war saying that it was winnable. There have been plausible evidence and information found suggesting that the war was not unwinnable. Lewis Sorley wrote in his book, A Better War, that the “fighting wasn’t over, but the war was won.” He states, “…the VC had virtually been exterminated and the NVA, which had endeavored to go big time with divisional sized units, had been drive across the border of Cambodia.” The war was winnable because of the experience of America 's military and the amount of provisions America had....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States, Vietnam]

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Analysis Of The Movie ' The Vietnam War '

- The Vietnam War: In Writing vs. In Film It’s the 1960’s imagine, you just cooked a nice savory roast for your family. The juicy aroma of the gravy fills the home. Your husband and the kids are sitting around watching Bewitched. However, your life has been turned upside down because your eldest son has been drafted into the Vietnam War. How will you know how he is doing. The only way any knows anything about the feelings the soldiers felt during the war were from the soldiers themselves. We have letters and from those letters we have literature and even later we have films....   [tags: Vietnam War, Army, Vietnam, Want]

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The Vietnam War

- ... The vietcong meant harm to those who backed the allies. This portion of information that Yang explains is information that is painful for him to think about. At multiple points during the interview, you can actually feel the emotions as if you were in his situation. It is more than persuasive, you begin to feel sympathy for him. I personally feel empathy for Mr.Yang and his people. I am from Palestinian descent, I have lived in Palestine and have experienced the tragedies of having others invade your country....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War was known for the thousands of lived that were lost and the billions of dollars in debt that destroyed the US economy. To this day, it is debatable as to whether or not US involvement in the war was worth the devastation it caused to the country. In 1954, French involvement in Vietnam ended and led to the Geneva Conference where a ceasefire agreement was negotiated. From the Geneva Accords, Vietnam was divided into two portions, North and South, at the 17th parallel. At the time, North Vietnam was communist and was gaining followers quickly (Rogers)....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem]

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The Vietnam War Was A Loss For America

- ... In 1956 president of the United States Dwight D Eisenhower had forced the people of South Vietnam not to hold their elections as he feared that the Viet Minh communists would win and his belief that if one country fell to communism all would fall under the same fate. The united states set up a Government in South Vietnam, the leader was Ngo Dinh Diem who was a roman catholic in country where most people were Buddhists this caused his government to be very unpopular, which helped result in the creation of the Viet Cong....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... This event was one of major changing point of the Vietnam War and public opinions of the Vietnam War. This can be seen in the newspaper articles that were published after the Tet Offensive. In the newspaper that were published before the event. This essay with a focus on the newspaper for the Vietnam War to argue the point of this essay, these newspapers it will show how the how the public opinion change between the before and after the infamous Tet Offensive. One thing that needs to be clearly understood is Vietnam War an uncensored war....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... The United States began providing aid to the French to fight the against the common communist enemy, among the aid that was provided the United States also began to send advisors to Vietnam in 1956 so they could train the South Vietnamese armies to better combat against the North. Although the United States provided an abundance of aid and training the quality of the South Vietnamese army was not sufficient in the fighting against communism. United States support troops and the formation of the United States military command began to arrive in Vietnam in 1962 (Hess, 2009)....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The Death Of Vietnam War

- ... Making one big country all under communism. “The War is the commonly used name for the Second Indochina War, 1954-1973.” ( “ Vietnam War | HistoryNet” ) Before the war the french had control over Vietnam for a long time. Until their downfall in 1954 to a leader of Vietnam known as Ho Chi Minh. In 1954 the Geneva Accords were signed. The Geneva Accords was that the French had to pull out of Vietnam. A few moments later Vietnam was splitted into two sides North Vietnam and South Vietnam. They were split into two by the Geneva Accords, because there was two leaders that had different opinions on how to run the country....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The Vietnam War

- There were many events that lead up the Vietnam War, it started in 1945 with the hostilities between the French and Vietminh. “Geopolitical Strategy, economics, domestic US politics, and cultural arrogance shaped the growing American involvement in Vietnam” (Anderson 1). As a matter of fact, the Vietnam War was several wars, but it was not until 1962 that America had their first combat mission, however, Americans were killed during ambushes by the Vietnamese before the first combat mission. There is much controversy over the reasons for the Vietnam War, supported by the several different books and articles written about the war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Everlasting Changes Of The Vietnam War

- ... Kennedy speaks about the vietnam war and says ¨to withdraw from that effort would mean a collapse not only of South Vietnam but Southeast Asia. So we are going to stay where we are.” Then later in 1963 US Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara tells the press that Kennedy is planning on withdrawing all troops from Vietnam by the end of 1965, even though the first US combat units don´t arrive in Vietnam until March of 1965. By the end of 1965 there are over 200.000 US troops in Vietnam. And contrary to what McNamara had said, by the end of 1966 there were 389,000 troops still stationed there....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The Tet Offensive Of The Vietnam War

- ... The NVA’s success depended on defeating the South Vietnamese forces and disrupting the credibility of Saigon’s government, all while avoiding combat with the US Army and Marines. Recent intelligence reports read by Westmoreland, indicated possible NVA and VC movements starting around the Tet holiday. More captured intelligence gave detailed actions about an attack on Saigon by the 5th VC Division. Uneasy about this, Westmoreland immediately requested the Saigon government to cancel the normal Tet truces....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... This resolution essentially gave President Johnson authority to do anything he wanted in Vietnam. Johnson’s purpose for this resolution was to create an indirect declaration of war, with approval from Congress. In addition, the Johnson wanted to keep his reputation for being firm against Communism. President Johnson won a landslide victory in the Election of 1964. Clearly, most Americans were in favor of war. But, beginning with the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, he started to lose the trust of Americans....   [tags: Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson, South Vietnam]

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The Vietnam War Was No Exception

- “Know the enemy, know yourself; your victory will never be endangered. Know the ground, know the weather; your victory will then be total.”(Sun Tzu) War is like any other game, it takes great strategy and is always is affected by outside factor. The Vietnam War was no exception; in fact, the result was especially influenced by the environment in which this death game was played out. Terrain, weather, and vegetation were all essential elements in the conflict. The United States got involved in Vietnam primarily due to the Geneva Accord in 1954 that split Vietnam into two territories at the 17th parallel....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- War tends to be associated with the heroism and glory of the males who fought in the battles. In the past few years there has been a “memory boom” in the history regarding war. Jay Winter defines the “memory war” as historians understanding the importance of documenting the oral stories. The topic of women in warfare has not had many written works on it, but it is important to record in order to fill this missing gap in history of the Vietnam War. Without filling in the gap, the role these brave women had in the war will be missing in the history....   [tags: Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, South Vietnam, Vietnam War]

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The Vietnam War Was Not A Good Tactic

- ... The Vietcong were motivated and worked together to drive out the Americans out of their country. The failure of this strategy showed the North Vietnam would do anything to drive the US out of Vietnam. The US were not full united and lacked support from back home. The US were not supported by their own people back home making United States soldiers discouraged. When American troops were sent on patrol and were supported by air and artillery if attacked. These troops later realized that they were just being used as baits so the air support can just kill the enemy troops....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, South Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... Bombs were dropped on military bases, supply depots, and infiltration routes (Anderson). Each year after the start of ROLLING THUNDER, the number of bombs dropped each year until 1967 when the number of bombs dropped was close to a quarter of a million (Anderson). Since, the bombings were bad enough that it forced the NVA to rethink there strategy for fighting the war (Bringham). This was seen by a sneak attack that caught all of America off guard. In 1968 the Northern Vietnamese Army launched a attack that would later become known as the TET Offensive against Southern Vietnam cities (Anderson)....   [tags: Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam War, South Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... Does free range coverage sound like a good idea. It is because of videos like this one that the Vietnam War has such a bad name. Major news stations would cover as many mass casualties in one shot as they could to turn people against the war. You would see death everywhere because that’s all they would ever cover. Some stations even had a casualty count clock on their station (Media’s role during the Vietnam-Era, 2000). The number just kept climbing and climbing making people angrier and angrier every day....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, United States]

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The Media During The Vietnam War

- ... Since the government was monitoring the media’s coverage of the impending war, the war went mostly unnoticed. As the war escalated into full scale Guerrilla warfare, America had increased its soldier count to 500,000 by 1967. With this massive increase of troops, Americans grew uneasy due to their sudden call to arms. This caused a massive amount of young adults to be sent to war. This uneasiness transformed into outrage years later when the Selective Services began to send teenagers as young as eighteen to war, in the draft....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Lyndon B. Johnson]

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The American Conflict Of Vietnam

- The American conflict in Vietnam finds its roots in the early aftermath of the Second World War in which the allies were the victors. Vietnam which had previously been a French colony was invaded and occupied by the Japanese during World War 2. During this second foreign occupation a man named “Ho Chi Minh established the League for the Independence of Vietnam, to fight both Japan and the French colonial administration” (history,1). The formation of this independence group better known as the Viet Minh would be at the center of the conflict with the French in the 50’s and the Americans almost a decade later....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Cold War]

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Vietnam 's Influence On The Modern World

- The Vietnamese Influence There are many ethnicities and nationalities that have developed a keen sense of cultural obligations that are inherited from the history of their own countries. From a time period of over a few thousand years ago, our foreign predecessors have developed characteristics that are hereby passed down for future generations to enjoy. Particularly speaking, Vietnam has affected a majority of the world in ways that are both positive and negative. Based on this knowledge, a person can infer that Vietnam has influenced the modern world greatly due to its prominent culture, religion, government, and scientific discoveries....   [tags: Vietnam, South Vietnam, Buddhism, North Vietnam]

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The Vietnam War Was A Goldmine For Reporters

- ... For the administration and military, something had to be produced, something which would assist in halting the media from producing reports which contained such detail and carnage. Through conflict media policies, the administration introduced embedding into the 2nd Gulf War, this method of placing journalists in with the soldier’s squads was an attempt to quash media freedom in the warzones. Furthermore there was evidence to suggest that embedding was the only accepted method of war reporting by the administration and military, as Paterson explained, Victoria Clarke, frequently told journalists at Washington press briefings that anyone not embedded with the US or British military would...   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Army, Viet Cong]

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The War Of Vietnam And Afghanistan

- ... This herbicide was referred to as Agent Orange and caused three million Vietnamese people to become seriously deformed and disabled. Due to horrible war acts such as Agent Orange, major rallies and protests emerged in the United States by outraged citizens. The most impactful anti-war demonstration in America took place on October 21st of 1967. In this demonstration, 100 000 protestors gathered at the Lincoln Memorial and around 35 000 continued on a march to the pentagon to show their disapproval by the participation of their fellow soldiers in Vietnam....   [tags: United States, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Army]

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The Battle Of The Vietnam War

- ... The United States had roughly 1,000 personnel, while the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong had around 2,000 soldiers. From a technology standpoint, the United States had the upper hand. Although the Viet Cong were able to bunker themselves in with machine guns, the U.S. was able to do gun runs using new helicopter technology throughout the battle. Once the U.S. Army was able to secure the landing zone they were able to fly in supplies and transport out the wounded. The Viet Cong had the advantage that they owned the land were able to set up using the terrain as an advantage....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States Army, Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- Like many other wars, the Vietnam War left a devastating impact on the soldiers and civilians alike. The Vietnam War created conflict as most of the American citizens were opposed to US military involvement. Many men were drafted and forced to join the military against their will, those who refused had to flee to other nations or face imprisonment. The attitude toward the war was overwhelmingly negative from the beginning and only worsened as horrifying video coverage was broadcasted in the living room of America....   [tags: Emotion, Vietnam War, Army, South Vietnam]

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The American Involvement Of Vietnam

- The increasing American involvement in Vietnam can be traced to at least three flawed attitudes. The first was a belief that the United States was on the side of right and justice and that the communists were the aggressors. The second was the assumption that Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Cong had little grass-roots support in the South and that the people of South Vietnam welcomed American protection. The third was the unshakable confidence in the military’s ability to accomplish anything it wanted owing to the superiority of the American fighting man and his technology-a belief instilled by a long history of wars fought and won by U.S....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- In 1954, a war began to erupt in Vietnam against communism. The South Vietnamese democratic forces were fighting against the Northern Vietnamese, who wanted communism to be the driving force in their country. The forces of the South were the Republic of South Vietnam, and the North forces consisted of several different groups. These included compromised South Vietnamese guerrillas and regular-force units, sometimes known as the Viet Cong , and the North Vietnamese Army. At first, America was not actively participating....   [tags: Vietnam War, Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam]

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The Vietnam War And How It Has Changed Over Time

- The Vietnam War and how it has been viewed in history has changed drastically over time. At first, during the early parts of the war the American Public was deceived by the government to think that the Viet Cong were monsters and American troops were there for the greater good and to stop the spread of communism. American Soldiers were portrayed as Heroes fighting for the common good and each was good inside. American technology and weapons were seen as superior to the enemy and the film showed battles where American’s earned victories....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, South Vietnam]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- I sat on my front porch steps, eating my lunch and watching the cars zoom by. I was beginning to become upset by sitting on the couch with my family, watching television. There was no more family game show night; it was now only news coverage of the Vietnam War. From news teams on the front lines to news anchors talking about the war, like it was an overview of sports game. I outraged that my parents found this entertaining and continued to watch the reportage, even though all of the coverage was gruesome and disgusting....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, United States, Cold War]

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The History of the Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War took two decades of twentieth century and it was the longest and the most difficult war in American history. Robert Buzzanco claims that Americans were not involved in the conflict from its beginning, because they were not interested in Vietnam at the end of World War II. It has changed when Americans became aware of European politics and western economic expansion which were connected with Indochina. Such as World War II was the major turning point in case of Vietnamese struggle for liberalism and social revolution, the Vietnam War had strong impact on America in the 1960s....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Impact of the Vietnam War on Veterans

- How did a Vietnam soldier's life change during and after the war. Society had a lot of different views regarding the soldiers and the war. When coming home veterans faced many distinct challenges. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial helped to heal the nation. The Vietnam War had a major impact on the United States and the soldiers who fought in it. The Vietnam War was a violent and costly war that needed many men to fight for its cause. These men are now known as the Vietnam veterans. Numerous veterans who fought in the war were injured or lost a comrade during battle....   [tags: Vietnam Veterans Essays]

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The Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War

- The Tet Offensive on January 31, 1968 became known as the turning point for the entire Vietnam War. Using diversionary tactics months in advance of the Tet Offensive drew the American forces away from cities and key military sites. This led to a simultaneous assault on over more than 100 cities in South Vietnam. Reclaiming South Vietnam building by building left little choices for the American military and turned 1968 into the bloodiest year of the war. The decisions before, during and after the offensive opened the blind eyes of the American people to the truth of the North Vietnamese Army capabilities....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Vietnam War

- The political instability in Vietnam from 1950 to 1975 between the communist North Vietnam and anti-communist South Vietnam during the Cold War era has led to the United States’ inevitable intervention in Vietnam. The main motivators for the United States’ incremental decision to intervene and commitment in Vietnam can be viewed as an accumulation of socio-political, political and economic catalysts. In recognition that there were many other factors that may have contributed to the U.S’s involvement in the conflict in Vietnam, this essay will largely focus on these three factors....   [tags: North Vietnam, Communism, Anti-Communism]

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The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War

- January 31, 1968 marks the new lunar year for the Vietnamese and also the start of the Tet offensive. This crucial offensive is considered the turning point of the Vietnam War. This series of battles can be best understood by examining the events that led up to the conflict, the strategies and principles applied in the battle, and end results of the movement. Throughout the second half of 1967 the government had become anxious due to reports of declining public support for its Vietnam policies....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The History of the Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War started in 1945, resulting in almost 60,000 American deaths and nearly two million Vietnamese deaths, according to Mintze. Years after combat countless Vietnam veterans suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder in every aspect of their lives (Price). Posttraumatic stress disorder is an illness that can happen to anyone who has gone through a horrifying experience. It has been documented in all forms of literature and films the brutality of the war and the side effects it came with....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Australian Veterans of the Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial wars in history, perhaps because it was one of the first wars to be documented, filmed and shown on television for most of the public to see, judge, feel and eventually protest against. This essay will discuss the varying experiences of Australian veterans upon their return to Australia from Vietnam. In my opinion, I do believe that the Australian soldiers of the Vietnam War were treated horribly when they got back from Vietnam. Opposition Leader Arthur Calwell and many Australian families who had to fight in the Vietnam War believed that it was a bad idea to send troops....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Disillusionment of the Vietnam War

- President Dwight Eisenhower conditionally pledged to support South Vietnam’s new nation in 1955. In the time period between 1955-1961 the United States pumped seven billion dollars in aid so that Vietnam would not “go over quickly” like a “row of dominoes” (McNamara 31). In the next 6 years Vietnam would cost America billions of dollars, thousands of lives, and the disaffection of much of the United States public. Yet in the end, South Vietnam would fall to the North less than 2 years after the United States military involvement ceased....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Impact of the Vietnam War

- For many Americans it is common knowledge to know about the Vietnam War; however, for some Americans the Vietnam War is ancient history, dishonorable, but irrelevant nonetheless. If people do not physically see the many horrors of war it is easy to forget; although maybe it is something we try to forget. However, there are some who may be able to forget there will be some, like politicians, that will not forget. The Vietnam War had a terrible impact on both the United States and Vietnam, and more importantly it would affect foreign policy for many years to come....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... Although the student protestors and VVAW members could not change the socio-economic factors that helped contribute to the disproportionate amount of African Americans in Vietnam, they were able to bring this information to the attention of the American public. With this information about racism in the draft system and the horrors of what was taking place in Vietnam being brought to light by veterans, men were beginning to publicly burn their draft cards and refuse induction. It was estimated that 210 000 men were accused of draft related offences and 30 000 young men left the country and went into exile, primarily in Canada, Sweden and Mexico....   [tags: United States, Vietnam War]

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The Impact of the Media on the Vietnam War

- Vietnam was a country divided into two by communism in the North and capitalism in the South. The Vietnam War, fought between the years 1959 and 1975, was, in essence, a struggle by nationalists in the north to unify the nation under a communist government. This was a long standing conflict between the two sides that had been occurring for years. It wasn’t until 1959 when the USA, stepped in, on the side of southern Vietnamese, to stop the spread of communism. It was a war that did not capture the hearts and minds of the American people as it was viewed as a war that the US army couldn’t win and so the government lost the peoples support for the war....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Vietnam War and the Protest Against It

- Secretary of State John Kerry once said “I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.” The Vietnam War was a conflict that lasted from 1956-1975 which the United States participated in along with the South Vietnamese who fought against the Communist North Vietnamese. Many Americans strongly disapproved of the war which caused many protests and riots. The war lasted 25 years killing many people and eventually the North Vietnamese won....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War

- When asked about the United States’ involvement in Vietnam Charles de Gaulle responded by saying, “I predict… that you will, step by step, be sucked into a bottomless military and political quagmire” (Wills 29). The Vietnam War should have been negotiated to an end and troops removed directly following the Tet Offensive, because by that time, it was made evident that further fighting would only cause more unnecessary harms. Often in history nations try to justify their actions any way they can whether they are valid or not....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Vietnam War's Effects on Soldiers

- After the Vietnam War, soldiers suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder in countless numbers. The trauma they saw, endured, and witnessed forever changed and scared their lives. Men, like Tim O'Brien the author of the novel The Things They Carried, suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder and it took them years to regain their lives after their return home. In the excerpt from his novel, O'Brien shows the reader how the men endured this mind-altering experience in the jungles of Vietnam through the details of all the items the men carry....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Pros and Cons of the Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War was the most publicized war during its era; moreover this was the most unpopular war to hit the United States. All over the country riots began to raise, anti-war movement spread all over the states begging to stop the war and chaos overseas. This truly was a failure in the political side of things. For the public, all they saw was a failed attempt in a far away country. Events such as the Tet Offensive where the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong established an all out attack on key locations around Vietnam, and although the Viet Cong was virtually wiped out, this still had a large affect psychologically on the troops as well as the populist back in the United States....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The War Of The Vietnam War

- ... According to the Just War Theory, the United States should have only been involved in Vietnam if provoked through a direct attack. According to Michael Walzer, a war theorist, who defined a sufficient threat as, “a manifest intent to injure, a degree of active preparation that makes that intent a positive danger, and a general situation in which waiting, or doing anything other than fighting, greatly magnifies the risk” (Walzer 81). The United States waged war in Vietnam for its own selfish interest, therefore, ignoring one of the crucial rules in the Just War Theory- just cause....   [tags: United States, Vietnam War]

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The Vietnam War and Iraq

- During the Vietnam War, between 1955 and 1984, fifty-eight thousand Americans lost their lives, as well as over three-million Vietnamese lost theirs. The financial cost to the United States comes to over one hundred-fifty-billion dollars. The causes of the Vietnam War were derived from the symptoms, components and consequences of the Cold War. The Vietnam War revolved around America’s belief that communism was a threat to expand all over South East Asia. With this being said the Vietnam War was both a nationalist and communist movement, unsuccessful in America’s regards, comparable to the war in Iraq, a poor man’s war, led to the downfall of Lyndon B....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Vietnam War Was Unethical

- The United States began to send troops to Vietnam to support French in 1950’s. During the following 25 years, the ensuing wars would cost 5 million people’s life and create a series of domestic tension in the U.S, like Vietnam War protest movement and the Military Draft. Even though the Vietnam War had been considered as the only war that American ever lost, but many Americans believed it was a noble cause. Like President Johnson had said in 1965, “We have made a national pledge to help South Vietnam defend its independence....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Battle of la Drang in Vietnam

- Lieutenant Colonel Moore led his unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th U.S. Cavalry to South Vietnam, and led them in the famous Battle of Ia Drang. Surrounded by enemy soldiers, and with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, Moore managed to persevere against the overwhelming odds and complete his objective. Moore's dictum that "there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success" and the courage of his entire command are given credit with the outstanding outcome (Galloway)....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The American Of The Vietnam War Era

- However, to view the Native-sympathetic Western as a wholly British phenomenon would be misleading. American productions of the Vietnam War era, such as Little Big Man (1970) and Soldier Blue (1970), attest the skepticism of the film industry on both sides of the Atlantic towards U.S. intervention. Nevertheless, in the broader context of the American Western genre as a whole, films such as these that redrew racial conventions were the exception rather than the rule, as is indicated by their “revisionist” (that is, unorthodox) classification....   [tags: United States, Vietnam War]

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Vietnamese Immigrants During The Vietnam War

- ... The next great immigration wave was through the boat people in 1978, this lead Vietnamese to flee to surrounding countries that they could travel to by boat. Many were from rural areas, less educated and ethnic Chinese immigrants fleeing from persecution in Vietnam, Laotian, and Cambodian refugees. There was a major over crowding on each boat, these refugees were desperately seeking acceptance from surrounding countries. Many of these countries would not provide asylum therefore the United States set up the Orderly Departure Program to help these refugees gain entrance to the boarders of the United States....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States, Vietnam]

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President Nixon and the Vietnam War

- The politics of the ultratight resonated deeply with Richard Nixon. Nixon had cut his political teeth as a young Red-hunting member of the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. His home district in Orange Country, California, was widely known as a Birch Society stronghold. The Los Angeles-area Birch Society claimed the membership of several political and economic elites, including members of the Chandler family, which owned and published the Los Angeles Times. According to the writer David Halberstam (1979, 118) the Times, which was once described as “the most rabid Labor-bating, Red-hating paper in the United States,” virtually created Richard Nixon....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Opposition to the Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War or “the war that America didn’t win,” was a conflict that took place in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. The U.S. got involved in this war because of its policy of containment against communism. This war, however, was about a lot more than about winning or losing, particularly for the American people. During the war and most of the 1960’s, American citizens were protesting several issues. Throughout most of the 1960’s and the early 1970’s, protests for civil rights, women’s rights, and other issues increased tensions between the U.S....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Hollywood and the Vietnam War

- Human history has been kept alive through a variety of mediums over the centuries. Throughout much of time, stories were told verbally to younger generations while written records and artifacts enhanced the story’s authenticity. In the late 19th and early 20th century, technology revolutionized story-telling with the invention of the video camera. Rather than hearing anecdotal stories about historic events, people could now see images of events happening all over the world. In addition, motion pictures were created to present fictional and non-fictional stories for education and entertainment....   [tags: Vietnam War Movies]

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Protests Against the Vietnam War

- James A. Baldwin once said, “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose” (BrainyQuote.com). In the 1960s, “the man” was youth across the country. The Vietnam war was in full force, and students across the country were in an outrage. Society needed an excuse to rebel against the boring and safe way of life they were used to; Vietnam gave them the excuse they needed. Teenagers from different universities came together and formed various organizations that protested the Vietnam war for many reasons....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Australia in the Vietnam War

- Australia first became a part of the Vietnam War effort in July 1962, when we sent over the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). Our involvement in the war can ultimately be contributed to two major points, which are the our alliance with the United States as well as the fear of communism reaching Australia and seizing control of our nation. The Introduction of the “National Service Scheme” (Conscription) In 1964 caused a major uproar from the Australian public and would play a key role in our involvement in the war effort....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Music During the Vietnam War

- In the nineteen sixties almost half of the American population were young adults. Because of this, the sixties were an age of youth and there was a generation gap that America had never seen before. Many of the baby boomers were at risk of being drafted into the Vietnam War. This war brought on revolutionary and innovative ways of thinking. The young people of this decade wanted change and this brought a huge difference in culture from the conservative fifties. Inspiration for many of the songs and lyrics of the time came from the Vietnam War....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Music During the Vietnam War

- The Vietnam War didn't only affect the people at war, the people at home, the government, but it also affected the music industry during the 1960's. There were numerous of songs written and sung during this time period that reflected the chaos that America was experiencing. Marvin Gaye, Johnnie Wright, and Edwin Starr were just three of the many musicians that chose to express their displeasure with current politics, but of all the songs written, these men produced some of the most memorable....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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Vietnam After the Vietnam War

- The new unified Vietnam became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV). With the Americans gone, however, Vietnam's military problems were not over. In neighboring Kampuchea (previously named Cambodia), Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge began a reign of terror in hopes of creating a pre-industrial utopia, murdering around 2 million people in so-called "killing fields." In 1978, the SRV invaded Kampuchea to stop the Khmer Rouge, in what became known as "Vietnam's Vietnam." While the invasion put an end to the "killing fields," China became upset by the SRV's extension of influence in the region and began a border war with Vietnam....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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America's Involvement in Vietnam

- The events that led to the United States entering the Vietnam War began when the French conquered Vietnam in the late nineteenth century. After Vietnam was conquer, they formed the League for the Independence of Vietnam in hopes of seeking independence from the French. With great effort on September 2, 1945 Ho Chi Minh proclaimed their independence from France. However, the French opposed Vietnam’s independence for approximately nine years and wanted to reestablish their rule over them. However the French were beaten at the battle of Dien Bien Phu because they were not careful and allowed the Vietnam to cut off their airway to Hanoi....   [tags: Vietnam War Essays]

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The Vietnam War And The Cold War

- ... The United States used this as an excuse to set up a puppet government in Southern Vietnam. At first, they were kind to the people, giving out medical care, food, and supplies. Their puppet South Vietnamese president was Diem. Diem’s role under the United States was to win the people’s support, and be elected in the election. He would then govern the Vietnamese people under the United States, and the United States would have unlimited access to all of Vietnam’s natural resources and labor. Meanwhile, in the United States, President Kennedy was issuing a strong containment policy against Vietnam, an excuse he used to win the American people’s support on this issue....   [tags: Vietnam War, South Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, Cold War]

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