Essay about The War Of The Vietnam War

1420 Words Dec 17th, 2015 6 Pages
In his 1961 inaugural address, John F. Kennedy said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” This statement embodies the patriotic mentality of the United States government and military during times of war, whether the nation is directly involved in a conflict or they are providing aid to a less apt nation. Although this speech was delivered after the United States’ premature involvement in the Vietnam War (1950s), it encompasses the spirit of the American forces as they fought to achieve their goal during this time. The Vietnam War (1954-75) was a struggle which pitted the communist government of Northern Vietnam and its allies in Southern Vietnam against the government of Southern Vietnam and its main ally, the United States. The United States involved itself in the war whole-heartedly beginning in December of 1961, hoping to prevent communism ideologies from spreading throughout Southeast Asia. Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy both planned to train Southern Vietnamese military forces to fight the war rather than have the United States forces battle for them (Vietnam War). Driven by their American exceptionalist beliefs and the idea that it was their civic duty to help the Southern Vietnamese government battle, the American forces were able to become involved in the Vietnam War. The…

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