Vietnam, The futile War

Essay by Joaquin PonceCollege, UndergraduateA-, March 1996

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The United States actually thinking they could go into Vietnam and win was a ridiculous idea that should have been dropped from the start. They thought they could put a part of their army in there and fight them off until they came running for mercy at the peace tlks, ready to give up. This obviously never hoppened, and many soldiers died because of it. President Kennedy said 'I am frankly of the belief that no amont of American military assistance in Indochinal can conquer..' an enemy of the people' which has the sympathy and covert support of the people... For the United States to intervene unilaterally and to send troops into the most difficult terrain in the world, with the Chinese able to pour in unlimited manpower, would main that we would face a situation which would be far more difficult than even that we encountered in Korea.'(Podherz 17).

Many American people opposed the war and made it known publicly. The television was a big reason why people disapproved of the war. Television gave everyone the chance to see what war really was for the first time. Vietnam was television's first war. The television produced strong feelings about the war and disapproval of it. People had a war brought right into their living rooms, and with the war came the battles and the death. They were now seeing American boys dying in a country far away from home, and it didn't seem right, which turned into disagreement about being involved with the war. Because the opposition to the war was so strong and so public, it put political pressure on government leaders. The Vietnam war wasn't only being fought in Vietnam but also in the United States. People of America thought it was a mistake to be involved with...