Why Did the Us Lose the War in Vietnam?

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Why did the US lose the war in Vietnam?
Answer with reference to the concept of insurgency/guerrilla warfare. The longest war in the history of the United States of America has taken place in Vietnam during the Cold War. “The US fear of a communist Europe led them to intervene in a war that was not seen in a vital importance or that would not be in the country`s interest to gain any advantage” (Bernstein 1987/8, p. 86). One of the main reasons why the US lost the war in Vietnam was the lack of preparation and understanding of the Vietnamese culture. The Vietnamese fighters had several advantages due to the countries geographical location and language barrier. Furthermore, the insurgency in Vietnam was almost impossible for the US soldiers to fight off as they rarely encountered any enemy. On the other hand the Vietnamese troops were ready to sacrifice themselves in the name of the greater good for the motherland. Moreover, the US support to the unstable political system in South Vietnam and the media influence over the American society had turned to be the western superpower major drawbacks. Throughout this essay, the main arguments of why America lost the war and what guerrilla war is, will be evaluated in terms of books and journals. When the French forces were defeated by the army of Ho Chi Minh in the mid-fifties, the American president Dwight. D. Eisenhower refused to accept the peace retreat of France. and the division between South and North Vietnam. The US president chose to help South Vietnam in fighting with the communist movements in Southeast Asia .The US fear of too strong Soviet Union led them to get involved in Vietnam War, with purpose to avoid the communist spread in Asia and then in Europe, what Berman called the “Domino thesis” .In 1950 the US started to support France economically and sent military advisors. Soon after the French troops were defeated, the US took the mission to prevent Ho`s plan of a communist country. In the following...
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