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Explain why the United States became increasingly involved in the war in Vietnam

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History Coursework assignment- Question 1 Explain why the United States became increasingly involved in the war in Vietnam For this question I will be discussing why the United States became increasingly involved in the war in Vietnam. I will be including issues such as the Truman Doctrine (containment), Domino Theory and Johnson's Great Society as well as Communism. The Truman Doctrine stated that Communism should be contained within tight boundaries (containment), and that any country or nation beyond those boundaries and under communist threat, would get aid from the USA. Although, aid meant different things for different people, for instance some people reckoned it was to be military aid and others thought of it only as support and advice. Either way, for the presidents of the USA, like Kennedy it was important to stand by this document to prove to the world that Americans are determined and willing. ...read more.


That is the expectation of all surrounding Asian countries (i.e. Cambodia, Laos, Japan etc.) would fall under Communism rapidly if Vietnam was to be taken over by a communist force. The US feared this greatly because of the enormous size of Asia and the power it would've possessed if united. Moreover natural resources produced in Vietnam and the rest of Asia could've been cut off by communists and be used for their use only. Consequently, countries in desperation would've allowed themselves to communism in order to have access to those resources. If such great power was to build up on the Eastern side of the world then USA could've next been in danger of an attack as well as the demolishment of Capitalism in the USA. Kennedy both feared and accepted the Domino Theory and so avoided it by getting involved with the first domino and making sure it wouldn't fall. ...read more.


This attack was seen as an insult and challenge for the USA. Johnson did not want to ignore it because it would make them look weak and also it meant for him that he would have a reason to increase military aid by a large amount and hopefully bring the war to an end; hence get more involved in Vietnam. To conclude, I believe that the main reason for which the USA became increasingly involved in Vietnam was the Truman Doctrine. Without the Truman Doctrine the USA did not have a sufficient enough reason for them to get involved in Vietnam. In addition, the US felt that being the major capitalist superpower, they had the responsibility to stand up to the growing threat of communism. Finally, if the US would have ignored the doctrine then it would have only exposed their weakness, causing communist countries to take advantage. This could have lead to further problems which they avoided by adhering to the Truman Doctrine. By Yasmine Mohamed-Ali ...read more.

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