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How did the United States become involved in Southeast Asia?
- Inititally to assist its ally, France, in their struggle to maintain their colonial holdings in Vietnam.
- Subsequently, to honor treaty obligations with the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam).
- Involvement was thought to be necessary to prevent communism from taking control completely in that area (see The Domino Effect).
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The Cold War continued to worsen when the Russians placed Ballistic Missiles on Cuban land just 90 miles away from the coast of Florida and JFK called the bluff by threa…tening war unless they were removed which they were but for a short time the world was on the brink of nuclear war and self destruction. The president then set a goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade and became more involved in politics in Southeast Asia by training South Vietnamese pilots.
Increasingly after World War 2, especially after communism became the perceived threat. The fear was of a domino effect (one country after another collapsing as communis…m spread). More and more US spies entered South East Asia. Then the Vietnam war began, then it ended. US spies are still in South East Asia today.
real stupid answerIt is separated from the rest of the Asia by the set of mountains, that keeps Southeast Asia together in one cluster/group.
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US political involvement in South East Asia began at the onset of the 2oth century. The industrial revolution that swept the world made western (not yet including the US) colo…nial countries to hold on to the territories the occupy because industrial mass production made them compete for markets abroad. The problem was that the world was already subdivided by European colonial countries. Much of Asia at that time was occupied by either the British, the Spanish, the Portuguese, the French, the Dutch, and the Germans. US still has none. The opportunity came at the decline of Spain and the incident called Spanish -American war. Spain ceded the territories it used to control to US after the war. One of those territories was the Philippines. But the Filipinos were already fighting the Spanish and about to kick them home, entered Uncle Sam. A bitter Philippine - American war followed (not really much recorded in the American books). What followed was a 48 year direct Philippine colonization and American expansionism not only in South east Asia but the beginning of US hegemony in the world. That hegemony was consummated after WW-II
Cambodia, China, Indonesia, and Laos are all sovereign states in Southeast Asia. A sovereign state is self governing, by having one centralized government.
When the communist backed Viet Minh defeated the French in 1954, US President Eisenhower & the free nations backed the new Republic of South Vietnam in 1955. The Genena …agreement signed in 1954/1955 separated the two nations at the 17th parallel.
The United States entered World War I as a result of the sinking of the Lusitania (an American passenger liner) in 1915 and the Zimmerman Telegram (which was a German diplomat…ic cable urging Mexico to join the Central Powers in order to receive there lost territories in the USA) in 1917. In addition, Germany used unrestricted submarine warfare which resulted in the sinking of several passenger ships with Americans aboard.
Europe had a general tendancy towards expansion and discovery since the Middle Ages. The specific interest in Southeast Asia was spices, very highly valued commodities. …Fortunes could be made bringing spices to Europe.
after the Dutch dissolved the East India Company. - Apex
The U.S. got involved in rockets and space exploration after the Germans used the V-1 and V-2 rockets during world war 2. The U.S. c aptured the German scienctist that built t…he rockets. Werner Von Brun was a big part of the Apollo moon missions. read up on Robert Goddard also. Rockets were, are also putting spy satelites in orbit, and GPS Global postioning satelites, in orbit. Commerical radio and Television saterlites are also a driving force in "space" science. See also "why Apollo 11 went to the moon" asked in wikianswers.
The area contained Valuable natural resources.
To stop the spread of communism:))
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the united states' mission was to stop communisim at any cost. as for the escalation of the war, that's open to discussion.
The United States became involved in Vietnam because they wanted to stop communism from happening in that part of Asia.