Lyndon B Johnson's Decision To Go To War With Vietnam

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Throughout the history of humanity, there were many wars that rewrote the history books. Wars were fought for many reasons: conflicts, revolution, and coups. Usually, people start a war because of only one reason: to create a better life for themselves. A government wants more lands for their country, more people to work for them, and independence for their themselves. However, not every war is a good war. There are always terrible costs after the war. The Vietnam war was an awful war because not only the costs of the war were terrible, but the causes of it were meaningless. The 36th American president Lyndon B. Johnson’s decision to go to war with Vietnam in 1964 was a horrible mistake for both the American and the Vietnamese people. The …show more content…
People started to realize that there was no reason to fight against Vietnam. Two out of five people who voted for Johnson thought that his decision in 1965 was the worst decision ever made. In 1966, small groups of people started to protest against the war. Soon it attracted larger and more diverse crowds. By the end of 1967, half of Johnson’s polls claimed that the Vietnam commitment was wrong (Hunt 161). Even today, the decision to go to war with Vietnam is still a subject to argue about. Even the soldiers who went to combat thought that the war should have never been fought. They started to question their duty and felt betrayed. Democratic party failed to accept any peace candidates. This made people turn their backs against their own government. More and more radical and anti-war activities spread around the country. In 1969, Johnson’s successor, Richard Nixon failed to deliver his promise of peace (Hun 162). He tried to end the war by force but North Vietnam would not give up. When the soldiers and people did not agree with the government, the whole system started to crumble and lost its power. Therefore, the United States could not win the war. Nixon decided to decrease the military forces in Vietnam. North Vietnam had finally won the war against an enemy that was much bigger and stronger than they. In 1973, the Paris Peace Accord was signed by North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the United …show more content…
It took Vietnam decades to recover from the pain that the war brought to them. President Lyndon Johnson’s decision was a horrible mistake for both countries, especially Vietnam. The United States lost the war because they did not understand two important factors. First, Vietnam could stand on their own. They did not ask for the United States help. Second, the United States thought that Vietnamese was fighting for communism. They did not realize that the Vietnamese people were fighting for their own country, fighting for their family, and for themselves. They were fighting for Vietnam. They were fighting for their hope and their dream of a peaceful country without any influences from other countries. It finally paid off with independence, peaceful, and united

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