Explain Why the United States Became Increasingly Involved in the War in Vietnam
From the mid-19th century Vietnam had been a French colony (known as Indochina) but in 1940, during WWII this changed as Japan invaded the country. The USA helped Indochina fight the Japanese as they were the enemy. They secretly joined forces with communist Ho Chi Minh and this resulted in the formation of the Vietminh who defeated the Japanese in 1945.
Since Japan had been conquered, the French wanted their colony back to strengthen a dying empire. Ho Chi Minh and the rest of the nationalists wanted to unify the country …show more content…
In 1965 after a series of bombings over North Vietnam, the first troops arrived in Vietnam; 3 500 Marines. More and more bombings occurred and many more troops were sent to Vietnam. By the end of the year, there were over 180 000 troops in Vietnam. It seemed that President Johnson was willing to do whatever it took to win the war in Vietnam. He thought that by sending many troops he would win the war but this did not work as the Vietcong were fighting a different type of battle.
From 1965 to 1968 the USA dropped a million tons of bombs on North Vietnam and by this time there were over 500 000 troops in Vietnam. President Johnson was amazed that the USA (the world’s superpower) could not defeat a tiny third world country. He had wasted lives and resources in the pursuit of victory which had not been achieved. The escalation of the war had been pointless.
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