In the context of the Vietnam War, what was a "hawk" and what was a "dove?"

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In the context of this war (and really in the context of the Cold War in general) the terms "hawk" and "dove" were used to refer to people with different attitudes towards the war (and towards communism).  Hawks were those people who were the most belligerent.  They wanted to be...

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In the context of this war (and really in the context of the Cold War in general) the terms "hawk" and "dove" were used to refer to people with different attitudes towards the war (and towards communism).  Hawks were those people who were the most belligerent.  They wanted to be confrontational in the Cold War as a whole and they wanted to fight hard in Vietnam.  Doves held the opposite opinion.  The doves believed that we should not really be aggressive towards the Soviets.  In the context of Vietnam, they believed that we should not be deeply involved in the war.

A "hawk" was someone who was pro-war while a dove opposed the war.

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