Essay on The U.S. Contained Communism in Vietnam

1549 Words Sep 27th, 1999 7 Pages
In 1949, Mao Zedong led the Peoples Revolution, which established a Communist State in China. Communism has now been introduced to Asia. In this period, after World War II, Communism was a popular ideology being introduced throughout the world. Vietnam was one of the many countries under the threat of Communism. At this time, Vietnam was a French Colony. As time went on tension started to come between the French and the Vietnamese people. As tension increased so did the fighting between the French and The Vietnamese. Finally in 1954, The French decided that they could no longer withstand the revolts of the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese were now free of French rule. However, many problems still remained in Vietnam. After the war there was a …show more content…
Because of the basic terms or the Truman Doctrine, the United States was drawn in the Vietnam conflict. The Truman Doctrine dealt with fears of Communism, the domino theory, and a feeling there was a need for containment. All of Vietnam was in danger of falling into the hands of Communism. The threat of Communism that was unfolding could end was with the United States worst fears coming true, or a successful effort of containment and the spreading of democracy. Thus, the Truman Doctrine and Vietnam were very much intertwined.
<br>The Truman Doctrine was brought forth before Congress on March 12, 1947.
<br>Although not directly stated, the message was strongly implied. President Truman talked about a society "based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority...terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio, fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms." This society was a nightmare in the eyes of the United States; this type of governing was called Communism.
<br>In addition to speaking of the terror of Communism, the Truman Doctrine called for an anti-Communist foreign policy. President Truman stated, "One of the primary objectives of the foreign policy of the United States is the creation of conditions in which we and other nations will be able to work out a way of life free from coercion." The Truman Doctrine, in essence, said three things. Communism was thought of as a threat to freedom. A threat to freedom

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