America 's Involvement During Vietnam Essay

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The Americans and Soviets experienced a “Cold War” from 1945-1991. Both countries never engaged in any direct war but focused on destroying the power and influence of one another. America’s involvement during Vietnam through 1955 was one instance that occurred where both the US and the USSR were both engaging in a Communist vs. Capitalist war. The Vietnam conflict created tension and fear between the US and the USSR. Even though the battle did not occur on US or USSR soil, the impact of both super powers were largely present during the Vietnam War. The conflict in Vietnam started during the Indochina War, when France was fighting in Vietnam to stop Communism from spreading to North Vietnam. After World War II, France took control of Vietnam, because Japan surrendered to the US, and the US granted the land to the French. After the battle of Dien Bien Phu the French surrendered. After the war, North Vietnam “went red”, or in other words became Communist. Shortly after North Vietnam became Communist they invaded South Vietnam to take it over and enforce their choice of government on South Vietnam because they were not Communist. After the attack on South Vietnam, President Eisenhower wrote Ngo Dinh Diem, the President of South Vietnam, a letter saying “That the United States is figuring out ways to give South Vietnam American aid that they can use to assist South Vietnam’s government” (Eisenhower to Ngo Dinh Diem 1954). The US was trying to find a way where they could help…

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