Vietnam Involvement

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The Vietnam War was a long fought war between North Vietnam, which marked its communist regime and South Vietnam, which was supported by the United States. It was believed that if Vietnam fell under communist influence, than other nations in Southeast Asia would follow, hence the domino theory. Although the United States’ involvement dated back to World War II, it did not escalate until the 1950’s. Unfortunately the United States’ involvement kept increasing due to the fear of communism. There were several factors that led to the increase of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Events at Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Conference, the creation of South Vietnam, and John F. Kennedy’s “Flexible Response” policy, increased the United States’ involvement in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963.
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the most decisive battle in the Indochina War (1946–54). Southeast Asia had been under French colonial rule for several years, but many wanted France to leave. The French were determined to stay in order to restore their pride. Although the U.S. paid about eighty percent of France’s fighting, they wanted to let France deal with the growing
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involvement in Vietnam. The United States helped establish a non-communist government with economic and military support. The leader of South Vietnam would be Ngo Dinh Diem, who was not the right fit. The only thing that was good about this new leader was that he was non-communist. In helping establish South Vietnam, the United States committed to this new nation. Some of the military support was training troops by U.S military advisers. While the economic support was used to improve schools, homes, and infrastructure in general. At this point it was impossible for the United States to not be involved in Vietnam. The tension between North Vietnam and South Vietnam increased and with this so did the U.S. involvement in

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