This essay is based on a presentation at the butcher history institute for teachers on why does america go to war, march 25-26, 2017, sponsored by the foreign policy research institute, the first division museum at cantigny, and carthage college why did the us go to war in vietnam this is a. No, america's involvement in the vietnam war was politically motivated i do not believe that the united states' involvement in the vietnam war was justifiable, but rather a politically motivated strategy and an attempt to gain an edge in the cold war against the soviet union and its communist allies. The united states got involved with the conflict in vietnam for one major reason, to stop the spread of global communism this overarching goal was the driving force of american diplomacy immediately after world war ii until the fall of the soviet union in 1989.
The united states got involved in vietnam to prevent the spread of communism throughout southeast asia the domino theory, prevalent in the us government, posited that if vietnam became communist, it would lead to communist conquests of surrounding countries victory in vietnam was crucial to. The movement against the involvement of the united states in the vietnam war began in the us with demonstrations in 1964 and grew in strength in later years the us became polarized between those who advocated continued involvement in vietnam and those who wanted peace. Secret war in laos laos, 1983 and many of them ultimately resettled in the united states get involved volunteer. Question 1: explain why the united states became increasingly involved in the war in vietnam the war in vietnam was a conflict that started in the 1950s and ended in the early 1970s during this time period, the united states became increasingly involved in vietnamese political, economic and military affairs.
P mike rattanasengchanh purpose the purpose of the project was an attempt to answer several questions about the united states involvement with the hmong people during the vietnam war in laos. Check out mrdickeynet basics of how the united states got involved and committed to fighting in vietnam. A comprehensive analysis of the united states' involvement in indonesia during the vietnam war is a virtual case study in lessons learned and mistakes not to make.
Operation rolling thunder marked the first sustained american assault on north vietnamese territory and represented a major expansion of us involvement in the vietnam war american involvement. Reasons for united states' involvement with vietnam the vietnam war, which was bound to erupt at some point the build up began in 1946, when war broke out between france and viet mingh. Video: united states involvement in the korean war: causes and effects other examples of proxy wars include the vietnam war and the war in afghanistan the war commences.
The american involvement in vietnam thousands of books have been written on the issue of the american involvement in the vietnam war united states would back a. A person only familiar with the role the united states played in vietnam might ask this question expecting one of two answers: the united states won or vietnam won unfortunately, the phrase the vietnam war covers a much longer period of time in the country of vietnam where the phrase probably has very little meaning. This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of the vietnam war (1945-1975) involvement in vietnam vietnam at once although the united states. What role did guerilla warfare play in the vietnam war it is what many of the vietcong and north vietnamese soldiers used against the united states and south vietnamese forces what impact did operation rolling thunder have on the vietnamese people.
Such an interpretation of the lesson of vietnam relies on two assumptions: first, that the vietnam war was similar to the korean war in which the united states may also have shrunk back from the. The main reason to why united states of america got involved into vietnam war which was between the non-communist south vietnam and communist north vietnam whereby communists northern wanted to take over the non communist southern vietnam was containment of communism and the spreading of communism. Although the war in vietnam was rather small as it involved limited action of the united states, the 9 years of official american involvement in the war over 2 million vietnamese and 58, 219 americans lost their lives (wiest 5.