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Remembering Vietnam War and the lessons learned by US



Published: Tue, January 28, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Remembering Vietnam War and the lessons learned by US

The official time and date of peace in Vietnam, according to the military, was Jan. 28, 1973. Most Americans say we should never have been there. Maybe that’s true, but the facts are, we got involved. Actually, we were involved before 1964. The French made a “last stand” in 1954. They pleaded with the U.S. for help.

President Eisenhower said, “We will not send troops. We have just finished a war in Korea in 1953, but we will send equipment and advisers.”

John F. Kennedy became president in 1961. South Vietnam wanted the U.S. to get more involved. President Kennedy said we would send more advisers.

In 1963, President Johnson was in office. A couple of U.S. warships had been fired upon by North Vietnam. The president retaliated with an airstrike and sent in a large number of U.S. troops. North Vietnam was supplied soldiers and weapons from China and weapons from the U.S.S.R. Using U.S. nuclear weapons was discussed, but at that time the U.S.S.R. also had nuclear weapons and the U.S. did not want the conflict to escalate to China and the U.S.S.R. The U.S. would have had to bomb both the U.S.S.R. and China to destroy the weapons manufacturers that supplied North Vietnam.

In 1969, President Richard Nixon came into office. His first reaction was, “I don’t want to be the first U.S. president to lose a war.” As time went on, the U.S. realized the war was not winnable and they must withdraw. We had never before engaged in this type of war. North Vietnam had fought a guerrilla war against the U.S. The enemy, in small groups, would attack and disappear back into the jungle. It was not a war of conquered ground; it was a war of endurance.

Citizens in the U.S. started demanding that we withdraw from Vietnam. The U.S. reason for involvement in Vietnam was to protect democracy in the world and prevent the spread of communism. It was called “The Cold War” at that time. Two cultures had collided and not mixed. Each had its own identity and agenda and wanted to maintain it. Today, Vietnam seems content with the ways of its government and people. I think the U.S. learned a lesson about other parts of the world. With 47,393 lives lost, it was a high price to pay.

Paul Lawson, McDonald


Comments

1freedom2(1 comment)posted 10 months ago

"South Vietnam wanted the U.S. to get more involved. President Kennedy said we would send more advisers."

Please read from Mr. Ambassador Nolting about South Vietnam "want US troops' or not
Interviewer:

[sync]Yes.

Nolting:

[sync]Yes. Diem felt that those recommendations were not necessary. That is, the recommendations about the five thousand man American military force. Uh, he did not want American combat forces. In general he said that if they couldn't win it with their own manpower uh... that it wouldn't be a viable solution. Of course, he wanted material help and all the support he could get short of uh... military force.

You are not suggested the young to learn about Vietnam war you are not honest with what you wrote

You were not in Vietnam to say about learning.

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