David l anderson the vietnam war was the longest deployment of us forces in hostile action in the history of the american republicalthough there is no formal declaration of war from which to date us entry, president john f kennedy's decision to send over 2,000 military advisers to south vietnam in 1961 marked the beginning of twelve years of american military combat. During world war ii, when france was occupied by nazi germany, it lost its foothold in vietnam, and japan took control of the country the viet minh resisted these japanese oppressors and extended its power base throughout vietnam. The failure of the vietnam war essays the struggle in vietnam failed for many reasons many historians agree on the fact that many of the troubles began in washington for lack of a clear plan of action the war became more problematic when american troops were not prepared for the tactics and.
American motives in the vietnam war, from a realist perspective, were irrational, since the us had no explicit interests in vietnam however, this article argues that in order to understand american motives behind the war, neo-realist views must be. Most people have very few real facts about america's part in the vietnam war, and failure to hold the line in south vietnam, kennedy felt, would endanger laos, cambodia, burma, the his support behind the diem regime in south vietnam, hoping that president diem. America’s involvement in vietnam, that was to lead to a full-scale military attack on north vietnam, was all part of the cold war scenario that had enveloped world politics in the 1950’s, john foster dulles, us secretary of state, had formulated the domino theory.
He had been a war correspondent during world war ii and had reported from vietnam during america’s early involvement in 1972 a poll determined he was “the most trusted man in america” in a february 27, 1968, broadcast he summed up what he had found during his return trip to the war zone. American military strategy in the vietnam war, 1965–1973 summary and keywords for nearly a decade, american combat soldiers fought in south vietnam to help sustain an independent, noncommunist nation in southeast asia. America's official military involvement in the vietnam war lasted from 1965 to 1975, 10 long years prior to american involvement in the region vietnam was a french colonial territory the vietnamese people were generally oppressed under french rule both prior to wwii and after. To illustrate the importance of understanding which reason lies behind a conflict, note that if there is a lack of ability to enforce or commit to an agreement, then a war may last a long time. Troops during the vietnam war the reason behind the us entering the vietnam war was a general attempt to prevent communism communism although good in theory particular for the masses, doesn’t always work sadly it doesn’t work as it is human nature for people to be greedy, the leaders are generally better off and ordinary people don’t normally work harder without incentive.
The real reason america lost the war in vietnam: japan a little forgotten history provides some perspective. The vietnam war is the key to understanding today's america: q&a with filmmakers ken burns and lynn novick their 18-hour miniseries looks at one of the most divisive, painful, and poorly. These critics, many unaware of the army’s startling renaissance during the nearly twenty years since the vietnam war, did not realize that the united states was sending to the persian gulf the best-prepared force america had ever had at the beginning of a foreign war. Yes, it was a complete failure for the us 1) it did not accomplish its intended purpose, which was to contain the spread of communism in asia the communist north won the war, and vietnam became one unified communist country 2) the entire us foreign policy of the cold war was to contain communism. The causes of the vietnam war were derived from the symptoms, components and consequences of the cold warthe causes of the vietnam war revolve around the simple belief held by america that communism was threatening to expand all over south-east asia.
There are major debates, still happening today, about why america lost the vietnam war the majority of the us military blamed the american there are major debates, still happening today, about why america lost the vietnam war another important reason for the america loss was the help of other communist countries, most notably the ussr. Gary hess’s new book is a survey of the scholarship on the vietnam war which pits this revisionist historiography (the so-called ‘winnable’ war tradition) against the more numerous orthodox historiography (the ‘unwinnable’ war tradition. True, but the vietnam war was still a failure in that after over a quarter century of intervening in south asian affairs, over a decade of bombing cambodia, and half a decade propping up lon nol, millions were still killed by the khmer rouge. America’sofficial explanation for its involvement in the vietnam war was the containmentof communism and the liberation of the vietnamese people as is usually thecase when nations involve themselves in war, the reasons for it are not assimple as are made out.
Both films were decidedly anti-war in their outlook, reflective of a broader growing consensus in america that the country’s involvement in vietnam had been largely unjustified. Vietnam was then, as afghanistan is now, a drug war in the laotian highlands, opium poppies were grown, the opium was refined into heroin, cia airline air america’s c-47s flew it to saigon, the heroin was transported to the us in the body bags — and in the body cavities — of killed us troops. The vietnam war and the domino theory howard zinn in his a people’s history of american empire (2008) highlights the 1960s as the revival of the public movement in americas counterculture movement is a massive movement done by various layers of society regarding various issues at the moment which includes wars sit-ins french launched a.
In terms of material things and lives lost, though, america suffered a heavy loss that was unnecessary and highly disagreed upon by the american people by the end who only supported the war in the. The vietnam war was the second-longest war in united states history, after the war in afghanistan promises and commitments to the people and government of south vietnam to keep communist forces from overtaking them reached back into the truman administration. America and the vietnam war 1965-1968 submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of master of military studies major james m bright ay 2000-2001 doctor: dr john b matthews a failure in strategy: america and the vietnam war 1965-1968 5 funding numbers n/a 6 author(s) major james m bright. During that year, rolling thunder began in the skies over north vietnam, and the united states committedtroops in large numbers to ground-combat operations in southvietnam the decisions that in large part dictated the course of the american effort for the next three years were made in 1965.