Vietnam War And Cold War Essays

1374 Words Apr 19th, 2015 6 Pages
' 'Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I 'm going to Vietnam 's aid! ' ' Lyndon B. Johnson, a United States’ president from November 22, 1963 to January 20, 1969, delivered this powerful quote presumably to garner support from the American people to execute his plan to export more American troops to aid Southern Vietnam. Although initially reluctant to station troops in Vietnam, Johnson changed his mind after the attack of the Southern Vietnamese garrison by the Viet Cong that killed eight Americans. His fear of communists pushing the war into dangerous territory, drove him to send the first U.S. ground combat troops to Vietnam. Fear is a state of mind that can consume anyone and everyone. It convinces people to take action against their fear to achieve their vision of peace. Without the United States’ strong fear of communism, their involvement in the Vietnam War and Cold War, and the national discourse caused by the McCarthy era, was certainly avoidable. In the 1880s, France conquered all of Vietnam and Cambodia. Later in the decade, France completed the imperialism of their annexed empire by taking over Laos. During their tyrannical rule, the French corrupted the unity of the Vietnamese, thoroughly dividing the nation. However, the Vietnamese people, as a whole, strongly resented the political and social implementations of the French. To regain their independence, the Viet Minh, a Southern Vietnamese guerilla-type,…

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