Similarities And Differences Of Vietnam From Other U.s. Foreign Interventions

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Similarities and differences of Vietnam from other U.S. foreign interventions The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War was a Cold war-era proxy war fought between 1950 and 1975. It was a long drawn out and complex war that resulted in high casualties on each side along with the eventually unification of Vietnam. It marked the end of a decades of invasion and oppression by foreign forces in Vietnam. The French colonized the region in 1887 and held on until World War Two when the Japanese took over control, after the war the French returned to Vietnam. The French return didn’t last long as WWII had shown colonies across the globe their European oppressors where not as great and all powerful as they portrayed themselves. Immediately after Japan’s surrender in WWII Vietnam’s communist leader Ho Chi Minh boldly declared his countries independence from France. Diplomatic negotiations quickly failed and in December 1946 the First Indochina War began between France and Vietnam. The United States first became involved in Vietnam by supplying weaponry and military advisors to France in 1950. U.S. involvement stays limited in Vietnam until 1955 when Eisenhower sends more military advisors to South Vietnam. The following years include failed national elections, failed unification, escalating tensions, assassinations and military actions. By the time Kennedy is assassinated in 1963 he has raised the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam from 900 to 16,000. The Gulf of…

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