Essay about The War Of The Vietnam War

1464 Words May 14th, 2015 6 Pages
While the campaigns in Cambodia were immensely successful for the United States’ effort in the Vietnam War, it resulted in huge controversy and detrimental losses for the indigenous people. Bombings that would later escalate into an invasion served to destroy enemy sanctuaries hiding in Cambodia. In the tedious and fruitless conflict, Nixon described the invasion as “the most successful military operation of the entire Vietnam War" (qtd. In History.com Staff).
Using the domino theory to justify the conflict in Vietnam, much like in Korea, The U.S. waged war in Southeast Asia during the 1950s up until the 1970s, fearing the spread of Communism. Cambodia meanwhile, under Prince Sihanouk, remained neutral since the Geneva Agreement of 1954. Communist North Vietnam took advantage of this neutrality and stationed supply caches and sanctuaries there. President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, further dragged Cambodia into the bloodshed by launching an incursion on the nonaligned country. The incursion would not be the first time the U.S was in Cambodia during the Vietnam War, however. The U.S. had started bombing Cambodia in 1965 under the Johnson Administration to disrupt Northern supply lines. But those operations would get heavily escalated with Nixon 's response to Communist aggression. In February 1969 the Communists launched rocket and artillery attacks on Saigon, the southern capital. President Nixon believed this to be a violation of an…

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