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The basis of such view are what elicited heated debate and controversy over the motive and gain of the US government in engaging in Vietnam War. In this regard by not understand the lopsidedness of commitment between the Vietnamese communists and the United States, the anti- Vietnam War activists claim that this paved the way for causing the most egregious blunder a nation going to any war can make..
Those that opposed the war then felt that it was obviously unnecessary, immoral or illegitimate, and there was a consensus on the nature of the war. During the initial years of the War, there was an intense dispute within civilian and military decision-making institutions mutually over the fact that the conflict was predominantly a conventional cross-border aggression or an internal insurgency. Regrettably, U.S. foreign policy advisers in the 1960s did a supreme action of miscalculation by getting involved directly in the Vietnam conflict yet the intervention proved calamitous and dreadful. There is a general consensus among the public particularly the section opposing the war that the war violated a set strategic injunction for committing military of the U.S. to a large-scale land conflict on the Asian mainland. The question thus was the war justified and was it worth such expenditure and risking the lives of the young soldiers? More seriously, in analyzing the argument was the fact that the Vietnam War achieved very little yet a lot had been pumped in terms of cost.
Anti-War theorists argued that the United States should not have invaded Vietnam since Vietnam’s political battles and internal conflicts did not directly impact or influence America. Despite the fact that U.S. politicians and leaders and military experts in one spirit agreed that Communism had at that time infringed on political freedoms and violated democracy, the war in Vietnam presented no direct threat to the government of United States or to
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However, the French too were waging a war against the local people, who wanted to be rid of the colonial yoke. Soon after the world war, the fighting for the colony by the French continued, but by the year 1954, after their defeat at Dien Bien Phu, they were forced to agree to the Geneva accords, whereby Vietnam was divided at the seventeenth parallel, and elections to reunify the country were to be held by 1956.
The rulers of South Vietnam who sought American help to oust the communists were immersed in corruption and anti-people governance. At the same time, a spirit of social equality motivated the North Vietnamese communist rulers.
The U.S government takes a central purpose of undertaking relations with other counties around the world, thereby becoming a sovereign country, and acquiring authority over territories. Conducting of various relationships by America their allies has depended significantly on foreign policy.
Body bags containing the remains of young American soldiers killed in the war started streaming in. The cost of funding the war spiraled into millions of dollars per day drawing the ire mainly of the poor. On the other hand, American troops started massacring the very people they were there to protect and perpetrating heinous crimes against humanity, notably the Ma Lai massacre.
It has been three decades since America's war in Vietnam ended with the Paris Agreement and Protocols on Ending the War and Restoring the Peace in Vietnam.
By the terms of the deal, over 150,000 North Vietnamese troops remained in the South, whereas the United States, over the course of Nixon's presidency, had unilaterally withdrawn over 500,000 of its own troops.
Leading on one side was a significant movement, the communist Viet Minh, formed by Ho Chi Minh in the 1940s to seek independence for Vietnam from France and oppose the presence of the Japanese. This movement flourished under the strong patriotism of the Vietnamese people and the discontentment of the Vietnamese towards French's cruel colonial rule and the corrupted leaders they put in power.
One may think of the involvement as an attempt to stem the communists. Indeed, in the times of President John F Kennedy, communism was seen as such a dangerous threat that he vowed he would do anything to stop it from spreading. The generation who lived at that time saw what Kennedy was bent on doing.
For the millions of Americans it signed a certain turnover point in society, a form of a deep social and psychological crisis. However, prior to the beginning of the large-scale war in the early 1965, the situation in the United States was quite different, with both Congress and public opinion supporting the war3.
Significant numbers of women served admirably in all branches of the service, as professional nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, air traffic controllers, aerial reconnaissance photographers, intelligence and language specialists, legal officers, and even in security and administrative positions.