The Vietnam War

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Was the Vietnam War a tragic blunder, a noble cause, or a 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 people's confidence in him.

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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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