Why does it appear that Vietnam War escalated accidentally rather than by the direct involvement of the U.S Presidents? This question is to further expound on direct Presidential leadership during the...

Why does it appear that Vietnam War escalated accidentally rather than by the direct involvement of the U.S Presidents?

This question is to further expound on direct Presidential leadership during the Vietnam War.

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The reason that I say this is because there was never a time when an American president clearly stated what the US was going to try to accomplish in Vietnam and how far it would go to achieve its goals.

The US involvement started small -- with aid to the French.  Clearly, US policy was to try to stop Vietnam from falling out of French hands and into those of Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh.  But how far would the US go to achieve this goal?  This...

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