Why did many Americans protest U.S. involvement in Vietnam?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There were a number of reasons why Americans protested the Vietnam War.  Different segments of the anti-war movement had different reasons.  Among the reasons were:

  • The idea that Vietnam was not important to the US.  To many Americans, it was not really important if Vietnam became a communist country.  It was far away and therefore not that important to us.
  • The idea that communism was actually a good system.  There was an element in the counterculture that believed that communism was superior to capitalism.  This element preferred the North Vietnamese system and did not believe the US should be opposing it.
  • The idea that the war was not winnable.  Especially later in the war, many Americans came to believe that the US was simply not capable of winning the war because so many Vietnamese supported the communist side.
  • The draft.  Many Americans hated the idea that young men could be forced to go fight, particularly in an unpopular war.