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American Public Opinion During Vietnam.

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They weren't the only civil rights movement group to stand up against the war. Sections of the women's rights movements also dedicated themselves to the withdrawal of American troops in Vietnam. The war was also a great hindrance on America's economic stature. 13 percent of all government spending by 1968 was on Vietnam. This denied funds to America other needs such as hospitals, education and health. Black leaders such as Martin Luther King challenged the American spending, saying that they were neglecting the more pressing social issues, such as racism, social security and many other internal affairs that were bothering America at the time. This did not help win support for the war. Question 4 After 1968 it was clear to any one, even military advisors that the war was not going to be won by the Americans. If they were not going to retreat from Vietnam they would most certainly lose. The guerrilla style fighting was not what the Americans were used to, in fact the whole environment, fighting style and country was completely alien to them. Though they had of coarse fought in Korea, the difference there was that they won. In Vietnam no matter how many thousands of tons of bombs they dropped, the enemy was too elusive. The morale of the American troops was so low that in total, over 800 attempts at fragging (the name given to the action of trying to kill an officer with a hand grenade) ...read more.

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