This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Vietnam, The Futile War Essay

1580 words - 7 pages

The United States actually thinking they could go into Vietnam and win was a ridiculous idea that should have been dropped from the start. They thought they could put a part of their army in there and fight them off until they came running for mercy at the peace tlks, ready to give up. This obviously never hoppened, and many soldiers died because of it. President Kennedy said 'I am frankly of the belief that no amont of American military assistance in Indochinal can conquer..' an enemy of the people' which has the sympathy and covert support of the people... For the United States to intervene unilaterally and to send troops into the most difficult terrain in the world, with the Chinese able ...view middle of the document...

'(Farber 109). When the majority doesn't believe in the war or the peopple leading them into it, the entire atmosphere has a negative image. Instead of soldiers going off to war thinking highly of themselves and proud to be representing the country instead they have doubts in their minds of why they are going away from home to fight. This war was dividing people in the U.S. instead of bringing people of a nation together in a time of need. As the war got longer and longer even more people began to oppose the war. 'Public support for the administration's management of the war plummeted from 39% in January, 1968 to 26% by late March.'(Farber 109). When nobody understands why their friends and sons are being killed, they trun against the ones resposnible for putting them into that situation. This led to many demonstrations and public showings of disapproval. An example of one thing that a large group of people supported didn't come until the end fo the war when President Ford visited Tulane University. After announcing taht the war was finished, large cheers of joy were let out by the audience. The final decision gained the strongest and most support from the people. (Time 28).America's military strategies and decisions about the battlefields were plans for defeat. 'The Kennedy and Johnson Administration plunged into Indochina from a combination of strategic panic and tactical hubris-panic at a Chinese and Soviet strategy of 'wars of national liberation' and hubris about America's ability to win such a war on the cheap.'(National 20). Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense during the war, admits that the decisions made during and about the war were wrong. He sees things he could have done differently to win the war, but he doesn't put in the fact that he was under unbelievable pressure at the time. His decisions were, at the time, the best known solutions to the different problems. Even though the U.S. had very little knowledge of Vietnam, they still felt obligated to themselves and the rest of the world to stop the North Vietnamese. McNamara quoted, 'A dominant theme of the book is that the government was forced to make crucial decisions without adequate knowledge or information and without sufficient analysis.'(Larser 88). People don't understand that the Vietnam war had to be won in South Vietnam. This was a war to help the south Vietnamese, but at the same time not to upset China and start a world-wide war. The U.S. had to use a restricted war strategy because of the threat of China becoming involved. This put the U.S. in a defensive role against the Vietcong which enabled the Vietcong to attack the south and, if high casualties occurred, retreat back and wait until they were strong again with more men and weapons and attack over and over again. The restrictive rules of the war were designed to protect civilian life and propery, but also because of the lack of knowledge of the area and threat of confronting China.(Madaras 334). Other than the...

Other Essays Like Vietnam, The Futile War

The Vietnam War Was Unethical Essay

819 words - 4 pages 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

Consequences Of The Vietnam War Essay

1494 words - 6 pages Consequences of the Vietnam War The ear in Vietnam had ended and on the 30th April 1975, the NLF took control of Saigon and renamed it Ho Chi Minh City. President Thieu resigned and fled the country. Vietnam became a united country and elections were held in 1976 (20 years late). The Domino theory continued into Laos and Cambodia but not Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. Apart from this short term

The Vietnam War: A War Without Rules

3160 words - 13 pages The Vietnam War: A War Without Rules 2009 Brian Phan 12/11/2009 Ever since America’s Civil War (1861-1865), no war had divided its countries citizens as much as that, until they got involved into the Vietnam War. American involvement in Vietnam resulted in deep divisions in U.S. society and remains a bad area in history and consciousness for many Americans. The Vietnam War was the legacy of France's failure to suppress nationalist forces

Women War Correspondents In The Vietnam War

2508 words - 11 pages The women correspondents made up a vital part of the media during the Vietnam War. Almost three hundred American women were accredited to cover the war between the years of 1965 and 1975. About seventy-five of those women served as correspondents during the war, covering everything from human interest to combat. These women were strong, gutsy and worked hard. They worked in every journalistic medium - newspapers, magazines, wire services, and

The Futility of the Vietnam War

778 words - 4 pages Vietnam was a Futile War. Do you agree or disagree? The Vietnam War began in 1957 and ended in 1975. Vietnam itself was a small country in South-east Asia and was divided into Communist-ruled North Vietnam and non-Communist South Vietnam. North Vietnam and a group of Communist South Vietnamese guerilla rebels (called the Viet Cong) fought to take over South Vietnam. The United States allied with the South Vietnamese to try to stop this

United State's Involvement in the Vietnam War

2959 words - 12 pages The Vietnam War is truly one of the most unique wars ever fought by the Unites States of by any country. It was never officially declared a war. It had no official beginning or an official end. It was fought over 10,000 miles away in a virtually unknown country. The enemy and the allies looked exactly the alike, and may by day be a friend but by night become an enemy. It matched the tried and true tactics of World War Two against a

US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1964 — 1975

558 words - 3 pages After President Kennedy's assassination, Lyndon B. Johnson took on the presidency and the affairs in Vietnam. In August 1964, he secured from Congress the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, a declaration of war. In February and March 1965, Johnson certified the continued bombing, by United States aircraft, of targets that are north of the 17th parallel. On 8 March Johnson shipped 3,500 Marines to South Vietnam.From February 1965 to the end of United States

Varying Responses to Australia's Involvement in the Vietnam War

768 words - 4 pages Using the sources provided and your own knowledge, explain the varying responses to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The responses to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War varied abundantly over its government, army, and many sections of the broader community, and created much controversy within Australian society. Majorities opposed to the idea when the Australian Government decided to introduce conscription for compulsory

Why Vietnam Was Desirable And How The War Began

4593 words - 19 pages Vietnam in South East Asia had always been a desirable country. Since  the 19th century, it was ruled by France and called Indo China. Apart  form one rebellion in 1930, France had total control of the country  until they surrendered to Germany in the Second World War in 1940.  Japan, Germany's ally, took control of Vietnam and the resources in  it, such as coal, rice, rubber, railways and roads. An anti-Japanese  resistance organization

Vietname War

657 words - 3 pages Vietnam War Essay During 1968, the Vietnam War was a defining moment in American History. It was caused by many factors that contributed to the warfare in Vietnam during the years. Most factors were the beliefs held by people who wanted or to prevent Vietnam becoming an independent country. Many people suffered due to these beliefs and policies and that the Vietnam War is now considered as one of the most distressing moments in the 20th century

Vietnam

283 words - 2 pages The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, was in various ways a direct successor to the French Indochina War. The Vietnam War was an important war of the Cold War. It proved to be a battleground for Communism versus Capitalism.In 1954, when the Viet Minh had defeated the French colonial army at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam was given independence from French rule. Due to the Geneva Conference, Vietnam was split into North

Related Papers

The Vietnam War Essay

1657 words - 7 pages The Vietnam War lasted through six presidents, 50,000 dead American Soldiers and 25 years of battle. In 1945 Vietnamese nationalist declared independence from France. In 1954 France surrenders 10,000. Vietnam splits, North and South. American’s thought that Vietnam was thought to be the gateway for China and Soviet Union. South Vietnam was thought to be vulnerable to attack from these countries. Ho Chi Minh wants to unify Vietnam. Eisenhower

The Vietnam War Essay

909 words - 4 pages The Vietnam war started after the disagreements between the French, who had ruled Indochina before World War 2, and the communist Vietminh, founded and led by Ho Chi Minh. The communist Vietminh were determined to fight the French rule and make changes of their own.After the Americans had made the Japanese surrender in August of 1945, Vietminh soldiers took over the capitol city, Hanoi, forced Emperor Bao Dai out of power and replaced him with

Controversy Over The Vietnam War Essay

1349 words - 6 pages Controversy over the Vietnam War “South Vietnam is fighting for its life against a brutal campaign of terror and armed attack inspired, directed, supplied, and controlled by the Communist regime in Hanoi” (“Aggression from the”). The longest war, lasting from 1959 to 1975, the United States of America participated in had a total cost of fifty-eight thousand American lives and three million Vietnamese lives (Goldstein). These deaths are the

Causes Of The Vietnam War Essay

2079 words - 9 pages Michael Oswald Antoinette Countryman English 152 22 February 2014 The Causes of the Vietnam War The Vietnam War is now considered as one of the most distressing moments during the 20th Century. The Vietnam War was caused by many factors that contributed to the war in Vietnam during the years of 1959 to April 30, 1975. This war just prolonged the struggles between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam. Most of the