Although the U.S. committed enormous resources to the war, there was a lack of will to do the things the have to be done to win a war: go on the offensive, advance into enemy territory, seized the military initiative, and so forth. In Korea, the U.S. advanced well north of the 38th parallel at one point, although it was later forced back. The communists worried the U.S. might do this again, so they had an initiative to keep the truce.
In Vietnam, various peace treaties got signed, but the communists weren't motivated to follow any of them because they weren't worried about the U.S. advancing into Laos or north of the 17th parallel. This is because President Johnson followed a defensive strategy called "containment", partly because he worried that a decisive victory would swing American politics to the right, leading to the rise of a Douglas MacArthur-like military hero.
As the war dragged on without result, it gradually lost public support. Democrats in Congress wanted a U.S. defeat to humiliate President Nixon. These two factors resulted in the passage of the Case-Church Amendment in 1973, which ended direct U.S. involvement in the war and left South Vietnam to fend for itself. This revived the hopes of China and the Soviets, who then poured resources into North Vietnam. The result was a communist victory two years later.
The French were fighting in Vietnam in 1950 not the US.
Vietnam war of course!
The communists were victorious in Vietnam.
Gerald Ford .
How did the role the American media played in the Vietnam War.
Because no US President wanted to be the FIRST US President to lose a war.
we didn't lose Vietnam. We simply left when President Nixon went into office. We trained the south Vietnam people to fend for themselves and slowly took troops out, then when the two Vietnam's called a peace treaty for the new year celebration Tet north Vietnam issued several attacks on South Vietnam. So the side we were helping lost but truthfully we did not lose.
North Vietnam won the war.
They intervened in the war. They did not lose, instead, the public was against the conflict so they pulled out. They never surrendered, so they did not lose.
No. World War 2 had 418,500 US Deaths. Vietnam had 58,217 US Deaths. and 155,359 Wounded/MIA (1,947 are MIA)
As he stated, he "...didn't want to be the first US president to lose a war..."
The US didn't win it. Or...North Vietnam won the war. Either way is preferable to "losing the war" according to the many hard core historians.
yes we did lose the war in Vietnam when we were helping the South Vietnamese Army. If we have permission to engage the enemy in a firefight, then we won't lose at all.
To stop the spread of communism. If America never went to war with North Vietnam, the worlds borders would look very different today. By the way, the US did not lose the war in Vietnam. South Vietnam lost the war. If those idiots had any patriotism they still would have their own country.
Vietnam showed the world that the US would sacrifice it's blood to stop the spread of communism. It also showed the world that it could lose a war.
The Americans didn't lose. They were unfamiliar with the territory of Vietnam and were not properly prepared. The terrains of the jungles were nothing like the landscape in the US. It was just a matter of unfamiliarity.
US was in an alliance with the French and Britian. they didnt have anything at stake. they just went and fought because they had nothing to lose. :P
The Americans did not make war with Vietnam. There was no Vietnam. There were two countries: NORTH Vietnam and SOUTH Vietnam. NORTH Vietnam attacked SOUTH Vietnam. The US (Americans) defended SOUTH Vietnam. The US never invaded NORTH Vietnam (the US bombed it though). NORTH Vietnam invaded SOUTH Vietnam. NORTH Vietnam was (and still is) a communist nation. The US was against communism.
Vietnam is a communist nation; the US is not.
The US never invaded Vietnam.
Because the Vietnam war was fought between Vietnam and the US
The US has never fought with a nation called "Vietnam."