Vietnam War Public Opinion Essay

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Public Opinion of the Vietnam War and its socio-political effects on the United States

After the Assassination of John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson was inaugurated as the next president of the United States. He began to escalate his bombing campaign on Vietnam, named Operation Rolling Thunder. The casualties that were resulted in this operation were as follows: thousands were dead, missing or captured, hundreds of planes shot down. On the other side there were over one hundred and eighty two thousand North Vietnamese casualties. This eight-week bombing campaign war was at first approved by the public opinion, as people saw a “light at the end of the tunnel” meaning there would be end to the war eventually. Overtime fear of a long-term war felt
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Many have used this theory to justify foreign wars in order to contain communism. This is a debatable theory and many people believe that it is a disproven one. Some take evidence that this is a proven theory through the fact that when communism in Vietnam occurred, Laos and Cambodia also developed their communist revolutions alongside them. Some counter claim this by saying that not all countries in Southeast Asia had this happen to them. Others say that the North Vietnamese were not driven by the motive of communism but by nationalism …show more content…
Its goal was to end all US involvement and transfer military control over to South Vietnam government. At the same time, Nixon didn’t want to make it look like to South Vietnam that he abandoned them. Nixon didn’t instantaneously withdraw all soldiers, but he gave South Vietnam military assistance and offered social reforms within South Vietnam and aiding them economically. Nixon also lowered the pressure coming from other Communist forces in countries such as Cambodia through bombing campaigns in that country. Nixon scaled down on military presence through phases. Beginning in 1969, there were about 549,000 troops. By 1972, there were only 69,000

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