Truman Doctrine Essay

1587 Words Jun 11th, 2005 7 Pages
All things in history have a place and time. In fact we are history. Had it not been for the previous events in world history, our existence could have been questionable. What would have happened if Hitler did take over the world? Would we be alive today? What if the cold war turned hot at some point? All these doubts tend to help an individual realize that everything in world history happens for a specific reason and therefore everything has its own time and place. One significant event in United States history had been the Vietnam War. However, the Vietnam War that I speak of didnÁ─≥t last from the mid 1960Á─≥s to early 1970Á─≥s. Rather, the events that had lead up to the proceedings of the situation …show more content…
With full support from Eisenhower, Diem went ahead and declared himself the president of Vietnam in 1955. In addition, he organized the Republic of Vietnam as an independent nation. However, the Vietminh had also agreed to a Vietnam-wide election in 1956. Nevertheless, the Vietnamese leader Diem refused to hold the 1956 Vietnam-wide election. With EisenhowerÁ─≥s Domino theory effect, America had been shook and frightened. Many believed that communism should be avoided at any cost, even if it meant war. However, Eisenhower knew what war was and what war brought. Eisenhower once said, Á─°Á─╕.I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.Á─² With thus in mind, Eisenhower knew what lied ahead if he was to follow through with force. Therefore, he chose to take a less hostile perspective. In addition, Eisenhower finished off his presidency with little instigation. The same could not be said for John F. Kennedy. On January 21, 1961, John F. Kennedy took office. Immediately, it had been evident that JFK was more of a risk taker than Eisenhower had been. In the following month, the US military began a buildup in Vietnam. Furthermore, JFK followed up by saying that troops will respond if fired upon. With such hostility, JFK is considered by many to be the starter of the physical conflicts in the region. In fact, many have held him in

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