The Vietnam War one of the longest, bloodiest, socially upsetting, Cold War conflicts America had ever known. Widely protested and rightly so, this is a vocalization of the case against the war in Vietnam and why the war was a failure of the American government. The main cause of this proxy war was obtuse; America believing it could police the world and enact the containment of Communism as a policy would always be a pyrrhic victory, or an overwhelming defeat. Another reason Vietnam was such a failure was the rapid cultural, social, and political change in American people, at the time of the war who were at odds with the government’s proxy war. Subsequently, the American government’s covert and shady entrance into the war, the draft, My
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Lyndon B. Johnson announced that air strikes on North Vietnam would begin and only later was it clear, that the United States had been seeking an excuse to let the war begin. In early 1965, Operation Rolling Thunder, a US bombing campaign of North Vietnam that showed our complete dominance of the air. The same year, the first Marines landed at De Nang and the war against the North Vietnamese was finally in full swing. Met with little success, the Military was not accustomed to fighting the guerilla warfare tactics of the, Viet Cong and the fighting grew sour after the start. Yet, quickly 200,000 United States soldiers had amassed and hard combat, with multiple battles ensued for the next eight years, with the giving and taking of land. After the was quite the precarious time to start a gun hoe military invasion of a third world country, amid the growing social unrest at home.
The Anti-war movement of the 1960s is defined by the individual groups and movements that collectively united against the war in Vietnam. The Civil Rights Movement, the Counter Culture, Freedom of Speech Movement and a ton of college campus students in various organizations challenging society’s norms and values of the time. Some would call them Hippies or the radical New Left, as they advocated for peace and love,