Vietnam War

Topics: Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam War, Cold War Pages: 3 (1242 words) Published: April 18, 2013
The Vietnam War throughout history has been debated as whether or not it was a necessary war. Some say the war is considered necessary because President Truman was simply trying to help stop the increase of communism in Southeast Asia so that communism wouldn’t spread to other nations. While others say the war was unnecessary because it was the first war the United States lost. In the text, Major Problems of American History, it was stated that people even consider America’s involvement in the Vietnam War its greatest failure as a nation (Hoffman 427). There will be many thoughts and ideas about whether the Vietnam War was considered necessary and no one will truly ever have the same answer. However, I believe the Vietnam War fueled violent antiwar movements and brought two presidents to shame, which makes for an unnecessary war. The war in Vietnam all started because the president at the time, Dwight D. Eisenhower did not want the “domino effect” of communism to spread to the United States. The United States leaders at the time strongly opposed of Communism and feared that Communist like Ho Chi Minh would gain control of Vietnam and eventually gain control of America too (Hoffman 427). In addition, the results, and the constituents of The Cold War had a part in the start of the war. The Cold War was a fight between the United States and the Soviet Union over resources and Eisenhower formed strong support with South Vietnam and the Soviet Union were bonded with Northern Vietnam. I’m not saying the Cold War was ultimately the primary cause of the war because multiple actions helped start the Vietnam War, it just eventually helped led to The Vietnam War. In the start of the Vietnam War any antiwar movements occurred because Americans knew nothing about Vietnam and became a matter that united Americans that didn’t support the war. Young men began to lose belief in the so-called “system” and the responsibility of fighting was turned to the working class and poor...
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