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A War Not Won: the Delayed Withdrawal from Vietnam Essay

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  • on November 24, 2012
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A War Not Won: the Delayed Withdrawal from Vietnam
      Though the motives for declaring war in Vietnam remain debatable to this day, the reason for remaining there for such an extended period of time is rarely discussed. Staying in Vietnam after the United States realized it was over was a decision made out of pride, fear, and the concern for communism spreading. Though the start of the war is justifiable, it is hard to reason with why the United States did not withdrawal when they knew they were incapable of winning.

The American military involvement in Vietnam began in the early 1960s, but their influence on the Vietnamese revolutionary period and governmental development can be dated back to the 1940s. Up until this time, France had attempted to reinforce their colonial rule on segments of Indochina— including, but not limited to, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In the Declaration of Independence of   the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Viet Minh liberation group, intentionally quoted the American Declaration of Independence in hopes that Vietnam would gain the support of the United States during the revolution. He states that in relation to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: “Those are undeniable truths.” (Minh 53-56). The Vietnamese declaration resulted in the first Indo-China War with France and triggered the division of the country into Ho Chi Minh’s Communist North and the Pro-Western South under Prime Minister Ngo Dinh Diem. Officially stated under the war-ending Geneva Accords in 1954, France was to demilitarize their Indochinese colonies and Vietnam was to hold a national, unifying election in 1956 (Moïse Sec. 3). With this, American involvement should have ended, and Vietnam should have developed into self-sufficient, independent country.   Alas, history did not play out as such; a series of corrupt elections, a lack of cooperation and a governmental collapse left the United States attempting to reconstruct a foreign...

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