What were the lasting results of the Vietnam war for the US?
As the first 'televised' war, it crushed a lot of the myths about the nobility of serving in war.
The generation gap between the generation that had fought WW2 (and Korea) and the "baby boomers" was cresting at the time the war was beginning to be questioned; even elements of the older establishment, like the respected newsman Walter Cronkite, were beginning to question whether the US could win the war, and if so, what we would gain by doing so.
The late 1960's had been marked by cynicism and distrust of authority by the emerging generation, which not so incidentally, was eligible for the draft, "selective service".
Support for the war was on the wane by the time of the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, which made it impossible for the US to supply the war effort in southeast Asia.
There was a great sigh of relief when the US pulled out.
Unfortunately, the US tends to have a very short collective memory, which is certainly reinforced by our culture, which disdains tradition, and glorifies 'the latest thing'. What then, did we take away from the experience?
The US does not have the stomach for prolonged foreign wars.
Unless the US is under attack by warships in New York harbor, we will not suffer a draft again.
The Pentagon, the President, or anybody else advocating war must wrap the action up in patriotic goo to get the country to agree.
It's not a good idea to call the military action a "war". "Police action" or "liberation" goes down much easier.
The Pentagon faced its first hands down defeat. The effects of this embarassment are still very much in evidence in the planning and deployment the Pentagon uses today.
WE did Not lose the war. We won every major battle and slaughtered almost 1,000,000 enemy soldiers. The US soldiers fought valiantly but was hamstrung by political decisions. No, the soldiers did not lose this war. I am still haunted by the fact of 58,000 young men and women who are no longer with us. I will not allow their precious sacrifice to be tossed aside by such careless statements as we lost the war. Robert Woodruff
Vietnam is still communist today, going against every promise that America would refuse to let communism spread all around Vietnam.
There is a major difference between winning the "major battles" and winning the "war" itself. Winning major battles makes no difference if the outcome is a loss. A "war" consists of many major battles and many minor battles. Even winning all of the "major" battles would not allot you the win.
Once again, ignorance is not an excuse for not being able to see the logic.
America spent $150 Billion USD on the war. 58 000 US soldiers died, an estimated 3.8 million Vietnamese people died, some innocent victims to a war that was not their own. Babies are being born in Vietnam due to the terrible chemicals Agent Orange and Napalm bombs, a detriment to Vietnamese society. Vietnam has been left with a raped and pillaged landscape, with flooding and erosion huge problems for the Vietnamese farmers (the trees are…
All wars with all nations, excepting Vietnam. Correction: On a technical scale, the U.S. has never lost a war. The Korean and Vietnam wars were called to cease fires, except for the fact that we made the last push in Korea so the U.S. had a lasting impression, whereas North Vietnam struck again right as we left.
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.
Vietnam is a war which the US definitely lost because the goal of the war was to support the Republic of Vietnam (aka South Vietnam) and prevent it from falling to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (aka North Vietnam). Despite massive effort and sacrifice on the part of the US, South Vietnam collapsed in 1975.