Essay about The War Of The Vietnam War

1075 Words Jan 27th, 2015 5 Pages
The Vietnam War lasted many years and saw a great impact on the world, to those that fought in it and those that lived through it, however, many question whether or not America’s involvement was necessary. The United States of America’s decision to become involved in the First Indochina War between the French and the Vietnamese was a mistake. Their involvement in the war was a mistake because the US risked a lot in a war that had nothing to do with them and Vietnam veterans were mistreated by America’s people and government. However, some argue that if Vietnam was never fought and allowed to become a Communist nation, surrounding countries would follow due to the Domino Theory and eventually threaten democratic nations and their freedom.

American military involvement officially began in 1955, after Eisenhower sent advisor to Vietnam to train the Republic of Vietnams’ army and ended 18 years later in 1973. During this time, over $167 billion had been spent on war efforts, while 60,000 Americans died or remain missing in action to this day. Upwards of 150,000 soldiers were wounded in the war, with many more suffering from PTSD or psychological issues. America had gone to war to protect its’ own ideals and defend the world from the spread of Communism, and while this seems like a valiant objective, it didn’t return anything of value to a country that had already just suffered through a World War not less than 20 years beforehand. All wars before and after Vietnam have always…

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