Essay on The Vietnam War And Iranian Hostage Crisis

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The United States government as well as its citizens can agree that we should have never involved ourselves in Vietnam in the late fifties. The Vietnam war was an unwinnable war that only caused strife to America. United States citizens were hesitant to support their own government afterwards. They were also hesitant towards foreign interventions as well. Then along came the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Sixty-six American’s were held hostage for four hundred forty-four days by radical Islamic fundamentalists. American’s viewed their government with more distain and cynicism than ever before. Through David Farber’s novel, Taken Hostage, we are given an in-depth look into the capture with a detailed background that illustrates the lasting impacts the Vietnam War had on the American public opinions of the U.S. government.
America’s public opinions were greatly shaped due to the actions of the president’s that were in office during the Vietnam War and Iranian Hostage Crisis. John F. Kennedy was in office between 1961-1963 and began the United States involvement in Vietnam. People put their faith in Kennedy to take care of the situations overseas, but as time went on, it seemed as if nothing good was coming from involving the U.S. in Vietnam. People began do doubt the U.S. military and their capability to train foreign forces. President Lyndon B. Johnson took over after Kennedy and involved the U.S. more in the war and increased troops (Winter ’16 condensed Vietnam, 3/1). Once…

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