Essay on The Vietnam War Was An American War

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The Vietnam War became an American war in 1963 because President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 allowed for his successor Lyndon B. Johnson to take a more aggressive and hands-on approach towards American involvement in Vietnam. In addition, shortly before Kennedy’s assassination American politicians approved a South Vietnamese military overthrow of South Vietnamese Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem. This allowed the South Vietnamese military to install a Prime Minster who was more likely to follow American instruction, though Diem’s assassination caused many more overthrows due to political instability. In 1964 the Gulf of Tonkin incident sealed the faith of American involvement in Vietnam, with Americans not pulling out of their commitment to South Vietnamese democracy until 1975. In 1963 United States President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and his Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson quickly took over the vacant position. This change in leadership did not do the American involvement in Vietnam any favors as Lyndon B. Johnson was unsure of what direction to take American involvement in Vietnam. This is indicated from a discussion with Senator Richard Russell, as President Johnson agreed with Senator Russell that any decision would result in a no-win situation (Johnson, Russell, and McMahon, 2008: 161). Additionally, there would be no foreseeable way out of Vietnam if American politicians did commit full military involvement (Johnson, Russell, and McMahon:…

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