“Vietnam Ten Years After” is about how Vietnam War affects both Vietnam and America. The book includes a variety of national magazines about the state of Vietnam today and the articles that debate the question of American involvement in Indochina and the future direction of U.S. foreign policy.
After Vietnam War the notion of an invincible United States was called into question, and policy makers no longer assume that American troops can intervene effectively against Communist expansionism anywhere in the world. The police round up Amerasian children and shipped them to undisclosed sites outside the city. Before Vietnam War the United States seems omnipotent. But after the “lessons of Vietnam” that confident talk of American omnipotent seems very far away. America now has a noticeably cautious Pentagon, a military establishment that nervously questions itself about when and in what circumstances it can intervene aboard without getting bogged down in an unpopular, divisive war. The military leader claimed that “we will apply military force only if we know we are going to win quickly and easily, and only if we are guaranteed total support from the public.” The obvious consequence of the Vietnam War is that the United States has become a very cautious imperial power. During the same period European allies have become stronger and more independent, and less willing to follow American’s lead unquestioningly in matters of foreign policy. The most important is the Russians succeeded in closing the gap in strategic nuclear forces, and the United States lost its position as the clearly predominant superpower. The Vietnam War had several effects on the U.S. economy. The requirements of the war effort strained the nation's production capacities, leading to imbalances in the industrial sector. Factories that would have been producing consumer goods were being used to make items from the military, causing controversy over the government's handling of economic policy. In...
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