Essay on The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy

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After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (JFK) in November of 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson took over as president. Due to the sudden death of JFK, Johnson had inherited many responsibilities and policies of dealing with the growing problem in Vietnam (Young 105). He continued to be involved in South Vietnam because he did not want the U.S to lose their prestige and did not want to show weakness to the Communists. By the mid- 60s, the war in Vietnam began to escalate as more troops were being sent to Vietnam. As the war dragged on, Johnson’s popularity amongst the American citizens lowered. Therefore to ensure Johnson’s popularity amongst the American citizens, secret memos of what was happening in Vietnam at the time were being circulated between the President, the cabinet, and the government of South Vietnam. These secret memos that were circulated proved devastating to U.S involvement in the war because the government failed to realize the war could not be won against the determined Vietnamese who wanted their country to be freed from foreign influence. Furthermore, the failure to recognize the freedom of the Vietnamese became important to the buildup of U.S troops in Vietnam since the U.S had so much to lose if they were to surrender. Under Johnson’s presidency, Johnson believed that U.S technology was far superior to the Communists in Vietnam and that our country would be the victors of this war. Because Johnson worried that South Vietnam would have…

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