Fear of global communism and fear of showing weakness led america down the path to war in a land few americans knew. Under president harry truman, the united states had established a foreign policy doctrine called containment originated by george kennan, dean acheson, and other diplomats and policy advisors, the policy of containment aimed not to fight an all out war with the communist soviet union, but rather to confine. The us, possessing the largest foreign military presence, essentially directed the war from 1965 to 1968 for this reason, in vietnam today it is known as the american war it was a direct result of the first indochina war (1946–1954) between france, which claimed vietnam as a colony, and the communist forces then. Decades after what's known here as the “american war,” vietnam remains a communist state but it has gradually opened to foreign investment, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in east asia as an american who has lived in the vietnamese capital for three years, i rarely hear the conflict. To accomplish this aim, the united states supported an anti-communist regime known as the republic of vietnam (south vietnam) in its fight against a communist take-over south vietnam faced a serious, dual-tracked threat: a communist-led revolutionary insurgency within its own borders and the military.
The us had to attack vietnam to stop the domino effect the united states' role in the vietnam war was an unnecessary step in the fight against communism please cast your vote after you've read the arguments you can also add to the debate by leaving a comment at the end of the page yes (72%) no (28%) facebook. Was america's war in vietnam a noble struggle against communist aggression, a tragic intervention in a civil conflict, or an imperialist counterrevolution to crush a movement of national liberation those competing interpretations ignited fiery debates in the 1960s and remain unresolved today how we. The section 'the vietnam war' looks at the us intervention (1965–1973) in the vietnam war the americans justified their military intervention in vietnam by the domino theory, which stated that if one country fell under the influence of communism, the surrounding countries would inevitably follow.
However, the accords apparently did not please the united states first, they feared that the general elections would not be fair and free under the communists ' influence second and most importantly, if the communists won in vietnam, communism could spread throughout southeast asia and become a. Most american wars have obvious starting points or precipitating causes: the battles of lexington and concord in 1775, the capture of fort sumter in 1861, the when the vietnamese nationalist (and communist-led) vietminh army defeated french forces at dienbienphu in 1954, the french were compelled to accede to. In the decades after the departure of the last us combat troops from vietnam in march 1973 and the fall of saigon to communist north vietnamese forces in april 1975, americans have been unable to agree on how to characterize the long, costly and ultimately unsuccessful us military involvement in.
Summary: the vietnam war chapter 10, lesson 4 name date the conflict in vietnam during the 1950s and 1960s, the united states fought wars to stop communism vietnam had been a french colony since the 1880s the vietnamese fought for independence and won in 1954 the country was split into. The origins of american involvement in vietnam date back to the end of the second world war, when the vietnamese were struggling against the continued french colonial presence in their country ho chi minh, the leader of the viet minh (vietnamese independence league) and the founder of vietnam's communist party,. Initially, american leaders looked warily at france's re-conquest of indochina, but with the triumph of mao's communist revolution in china in 1949 and the outbreak of war in korea just eight months later, the truman administration came to see french indochina as a front in the global war against communism by 1952, the.
Ken burns and lynn novick's “the vietnam war” fulfills this dictum once again, but with a unique twist as americans, they are among the losers, but their documentary exalts the winners—communist north vietnam at the same time, they themselves are on the winning side in the domestic american. In vietnam, the vietnam war was known as the american war fought across vietnam, laos, and cambodia, a proxy war, the war was fought between north vietnam—supported by the soviet union, china and other communist allies— and the government of south vietnam—supported by the united states the viet cong. He was talking about vietnam being and essential country in a non-communist world he believed that if vietnam became a communist country, all of the surrounding countries would also become communists this is the main reason america was involved in the vietnam war another reason was that america wanted to.
Vietnam war, (1954–75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam and its allies in south vietnam, known as the viet cong, against the government of south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states called the “american war” in vietnam (or, in full, the “war against the americans to.
Truman painted the other option—communism—as life in which the will of a few is forcibly inflicted upon the majority it relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio, fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedom with the end of world war ii, the united states and its one-time ally, the soviet. The attacks began on january 31, 1968 during vietnam's most important holiday, the first day of the lunar new year it took weeks for the united states and south vietnam to retake all of the captured cities the “offensive” was a military success for north vietnam communist, it was a victory for them. Us leaders approached vietnam, not on the basis of its own history and experiences, but through the distorted lens of cold war ideology they claimed that a government led by ho chi minh, a founding member of the indochinese communist party, constituted a threat to the united states and the “free world” this was. After 1945, american involvement in vietnam was driven and shaped by the cold war american foreign policy was largely shaped by the truman doctrine (1947), which held that communism must be contained and that governments susceptible to communist infiltration and takeover must be assisted if this did not occur.