Gonzo
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Gonzo asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 5 months ago

Why did the USA enter the Vietnam War?

Just wondering

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  • 5 months ago

    North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives.

  • 5 months ago

    Peter Gore Seer,

    The French Were Allied To The USA, Who Pull The Strings, World Domination Was The End, All Inbitween Was The Trojan Horse.

  • 5 months ago

    The claim was to stop the spread of communism. Just like when America got involved in Korea (1950-1953)

  • 5 months ago

    To stop the dominos falling

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  • 5 months ago

    In April 1963, President John F Kennedy assessed the situation in Vietnam: "We don't have a prayer of staying in Vietnam. Those people hate us. They are going to throw our asses out of there at any point. But I can't give up that territory to the communists and get the American people to re-elect me." Kennedy faced a crisis in Vietnam by July; despite increased U.S. support, the South Vietnamese military was only marginally effective against pro-communist Viet Cong forces.

  • JuanB
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Fear of the spread of communism and the domino theory.

  • 5 months ago

    It was an illegal war triggered by Robert McNamara while he was SECDEF. In the late 1950s and early '60s there was paranoia by capitalist nations, including the US, that the Communists would spread all over the world if they were not stopped in southeast Asia. It was called the domino effect.

    And the French fighting in Vietnam were losing badly. When they lost in Dien Bien Phu, they basically surrendered and pulled out leaving a political vacuum.

    So with illusions of grandeur, MaNamara concocted a false raid on an American destroyer by some Vietnamese small boats. And using that trumped up excuse, Nixon, Westmoreland, and Nixon kept throwing more Americans into the war because the US, like the French, was losing the war.

    The US ended up with over 55,000 dead because Nixon did not want to be the "...first US President to lose a war." The quote is from Nixon's infamous tapes.

    So the short answer is: we entered it because of unfounded paranoia, we stayed in it because Nixon and Westmoreland did not want to be the first Americans to lose a war...because of their egos. The irony...we lost the war anyway.

  • 5 months ago

    Encroaching communism in the Southeast Asia theater. It started off small (advisors, special ops, etc) and slowly became much more engrossed.....finally resulting in the US waging open warfare over there.

  • 5 months ago

    to honor a treaty with France

  • Truth
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    because france pulled out

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