What impact did the Vietnam War have on the US?
A bad one if anything. America had been defeated for the first
time (arguably) and Communism had come up on top. By the wars end
however, the USA did its first joint mission in space with the USSR
leaving some hope that peace would prevail. Unfourtantly American's
morale was low. The USA was supposed to be number 1 and here they
came out as number 2.
Only the US military knew about Vietnam in the 50's.
They both had an impact. ALL wars will influence/impact their respective generations. Naturally, some will impact more than others. The bloodier the war, the more the impact. WWII, for the US, had more casualties than Vietnam, Vietnam had more casualties than Korea, WWII had more US casualties than WWI did. The US Civil War had more casualties than any of our wars (however, we were fighting ourselves, so one must be careful when using those…
# Vietnam remains a communist country # Vietnam starts economical and political friendship with the USSR, China and later Korea and Cuba # Many former anticommunists flee, afraid of being punished # The relationship with US was frozen # Vietnam was in War for more than 20 years, the country and its resources are exhausted
For me Vietnam defeated US in the Vietnam War. Because North Vietnam conquered Southern Vietnam. And Southern Vietnam is a democratic country and an ally of US. The US Military was restricted by the political situation and was not able to wage war in an effective manner. Because of political pressure, the necessary military resources could not be deployed.