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).
The United States did not want to see southeast Asia fall to communism. It feared South Vietnamâ??s inability to fight communist aggression, After the North Vietnamese attacked the USS Maddox in 1964, President Johnson became convinced South Vietnam could not win the war and US troops were then sent in to fight in the war.
Th US became involved in Vietnam in order to contain communism. US leaders believed a domino effect would cause other Southeast Asian to turn into communist countries. If the US never became involved, the horrible deaths on both sides of the war would have been avoided. It's clear that North Vietnam would take over South Vietnam. What is still unknown is whether other Southeast Asian countries would have become communist states.
What domestic and international factors finally led the US to declare war on Germany and Japan and to become fully engaged in World War 2?
How did Americans respond to president Wilson's proposal that Americans become actively involved in world affairs after world war 1?
Many people were concerned about this suggestion. They felt that the United States should remain focused on the Monroe Doctrine and on maintaining influence in the Western Hemisphere. They felt that the United States had nothing to gain from getting more involved in the issues in Europe and around the world.
What American policy was meant to keep European countries from getting involved in north in south America?
The Monroe Doctrine : President James Monroe made a statement on foreign policy that came to be known as the Monroe Doctrine which announced that North and South America were closed to colonization, that the United States would not become involved in European wars or colonial wars in the Americas, and, most importantly, that any intervention by a European power in the independent states of the Western Hemisphere would be viewed by the United States…