But despite the rising support for disengagement, a solid majority 58 percent continue to support the projection of American leadership abroad.
To some, the Vietnam War was a crime — an attempt by the United States to suppress a heroic Vietnamese national liberation movement that had driven French colonialism out of its country. To others, the Vietnam War was a forfeit, a just war needlessly lost by timid policymakers and a biased media.
For many who study foreign affairs, the Vietnam War was a tragic mistake brought about by U.
Another interpretation, a fourth one, has recently emerged, now that the Vietnam War is history and can be studied dispassionately by scholars with greater, though not unlimited, access to records on all sides.
The emerging scholarly synthesis interprets the war in the global context of the Cold War that lasted from the aftermath of World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall in and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in In this view, Vietnam was neither a crime, a forfeit nor a tragic mistake.
It was a proxy conflict in the Cold War. Unlike the first two world wars, the Cold War began and ended without direct military conflict between the opposing sides, thanks to the deterrent provided by conventional forces as well as nuclear weapons.
Instead, it was fought indirectly through economic embargoes, arms races, propaganda and proxy wars in peripheral nations like Vietnam.
The greatest prizes in the Cold War were the industrial economies of the advanced European and East Asian nations, most of all Germany and Japan. With the industrial might of demilitarized Japan and the prosperous western half of a divided Germany, the United States could hope to carry out its patient policy of containment of a communist bloc that was highly militarized but economically outmatched, until the Soviets sued for peace or underwent internal reform.
The Soviet Union could prevail in the Cold War only if it divided the United States from its industrialized allies — not by sponsoring communist takeovers within their borders but by intimidating them into appeasement after convincing them that the United States lacked the resolve or the ability to defend its interests.
For this reason, most crises of the Cold War, from the Berlin Airlift and the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Korean and Vietnam wars, occurred when the United States responded to aggressive probing by communist bloc nations with dramatic displays of American resolve. The majority of these tests of American credibility took place in four countries divided between communist and non-communist regimes after World War II: Germany, China, Korea and Vietnam.
The Cold War soon turned hot in divided Korea and Vietnam. Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Direct Chinese military intervention in the Korean War ensured a bloody stalemate rather than reunification of the peninsula under a non-communist regime.
If we had pretended otherwise for such a long period, it was only because during the war we were not obliged to unveil our cards.
Inthe Johnson administration won congressional passage of the Southeast Asia Resolution after the Gulf of Tonkin incident, using as a pretext for U. The number of American forces peaked inwhen more than half a million U. At great cost in American and Vietnamese lives, the attrition strategy of Gen.
William Westmoreland succeeded in preventing the Saigon regime from being overthrown by insurgents. The Tet Offensive of Januaryperceived in the United States as a setback for American war aims, was in fact a devastating military setback for the north. In the United States, public opinion grew opposed to the costs in blood and treasure of the controversial war.
Following the Paris Peace Accords ofU. Inupon uniting Vietnam under their rule inthe victorious heirs of Ho Chi Minh imposed Marxist-Leninist totalitarianism on the south and helped their allies win power in Laos.The battles of October were a watershed in U.S.
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Was American involvement in the Vietnam War justified? The Vietnam War Team May 6, Last but not least, the undeclared war cost the United States some 58, lives, impeded many welfare programs and brought down its economy to the crisis of the s – just to name a few.
Those severe consequences put a big question mark over .