Was the Vietnam War a tragic blunder, a noble cause or a disguised form of anti-democratic imperialism?The American people were against the vietnam war.  Many of them lashed out by starting...

Was the Vietnam War a tragic blunder, a noble cause or a disguised form of anti-democratic imperialism?

The American people were against the vietnam war.  Many of them lashed out by starting violent riots. The people were angry because so many soldiers lost their lives. LBJ lost the peoples confidence in him. then he was assinated.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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First of all, please note that your explanation has at least one major error in it.  We can quibble over how much people opposed the war and how many “violent riots” there were because of it.  But we cannot quibble about the fact that President Johnson did not get assassinated.  He did choose not to run for reelection, but he was not assassinated.  That was President Kennedy and his assassination had nothing to do with Vietnam.

As to the meat of your question, the answer to this really depends on one’s political perspective.  For many conservatives, the war was a noble cause.  They felt that the spread of communism, even in such places as Vietnam that are far from the US, was a major threat to the US.  Therefore, the war was fought for a very good reason.  For many liberals, the war was a tragic blunder.  Liberals tend to argue that the war was not necessary because a communist Vietnam would not be controlled by the Soviet Union or China.  They also argue that “losing” Vietnam was never likely to cause communism to spread widely.  Very radical people might argue that the war was an exercise in imperialism.  They would say that the US was not motivated by anticommunism as much as by the simple desire to control as much of the world as possible.

People of different political opinions will always have different views of the Vietnam War.

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maranyeli | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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Regarding my mistake you are correct LBJ announced that he will not seek reelection in March 1968.

When Nixon became president he promised the people peace. He said, "We cannot learn from one another," He said. "Until we stop shouting at one another-until we speak quietly enough so that our words can he heard as well as our voices." As president he hired kissinger an acknowledge authority on international affairs as the national security advisor.  Together they came up with "Detente" a relaxation-of tension- with the Soviet Union. The vietnam foregin policy was a challenge. Nixon came up with a three part plan to end the conflict.

1) Gradually withdrawing the american troops and training South Vietnamese forces to take over the combat war.

            2) renewed bombing

            3) negotiation with hanoi (which was succeful)

unfortunatley his involvement in the watergate scandal weakened his grip on foregin policy.  The watergate scandal revealed both the weakness and strength of the American politicak system.  The bipartisan House of Judiciary commitee voted to impeach Nixon, but he resigned before the vote could be put through. 

The people were outraged by the decision of the supreme court to outlaw prayer in the schools, and the increase in abortion and divorced was at a high. People were loosing their family values. students began to riot and protest.  The increase in oil, petroleum, automobiles, and food came the great inflation.

The vietnam war was tragic. Many lost their lives.  In the end the government fell and all those soldiers lost their lives.  It was a tragedy. 



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