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In this assignment, I will use my knowledge of the Vietnamese war and my Source skills to explain to what extent the Sources are useful in explaining why the USA became involved in Vietnam.

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In this assignment, I will use my knowledge of the Vietnamese war and my Source skills to explain to what extent the Sources are useful in explaining why the USA became involved in Vietnam. Source A showed that President Johnson had indeed put on a front concerning Vietnam, he stated that the US where in Vietnam as they had a promise in 1954, to do so when Johnson had signed an agreement at the Geneva Convention with the UN and NATO. Moreover the US was trying to strengthen world order and to stop the spread of communism as, they believed that when one influential country succumbed to communist ways, then surrounding countries would follow (The Domino Theory). This is evident in line 7 - "The result would be instability and unrest." With the President of the USA being the author, he obviously knew everything about the war; also President Johnson was a key figure in the conflict. Source A is useful as it reinforces what I already know about the Vietnam War. The information gathered in Source A is backed up in Source B and both mention communism - however, in Source A there is no clear example of it. Source A, although useful is biased, as the President mentions nothing bad about the USA. As I mentioned earlier, it is apparent that President Johnson blocked out the official truth. ...read more.

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Source B reinforces the guerrilla Warfare of the Vietcong and the successes. The content in Source C strongly agrees with that of Source B, as, in B, the President is stating his personal beliefs which are true, together with the statement of Noam Chomsky, whilst it is clear that, in fact Source A held little or no truth at all. Although Source B is useful, but it has its limitations, as Johnson was talking in a private conversation; therefore I would expect that it would not be very biased. Unfortunately, to leave it as it stands would be too vague. From my point of view, I can't help but assume that the whole conversation was planned and I feel that President Johnson knew quite well that the American public would soon find out what was really happening, although there is no mention as to whom the President was talking to. I would have to say that the Source holds lots of detail and President Johnson knew that they (America) were fighting a war they knew very little about. Again, it seemed that President Johnson thought America would be successful, but now, he could not find a reasonable answer as to why they are there. The Source was written in May 1964, a year before Operation Rolling Thunder, which proves to me that America was failing long before they even started, long before Operation Rolling Thunder. ...read more.

Conclusion

This Source is very critical, but does hold a lot of detail towards the issue itself and I am unable to gather any background knowledge as to whether or not Professor Noam Chomsky was involved in the topic. Chomsky was being interviewed in 1982 - long after the war, therefore his comments would not have had an affect on the people who were involved in the War. I question his reliability. This particular Source was written in 1982 and Chomsky has all the evidence of the failings and commented extremely well with regards to such things. Source C does not compare with Source A at all, but Source B hints. They both gave a negative view on the issue as to why America where involved in Vietnam. Finally, Chomsky stated that the USA did not want South Vietnam to prosper. I couldn't disagree more and by using background knowledge, I can safely say that, in-fact, the USA was helping the South Vietnamese to prosper by aiding them with money. In conclusion, although Professor Noam Chomsky was a critic, he made many valid comments about America being in Vietnam. He showed that the American public, including Johnson, felt the involvement was a waste of time, effort, money and most importantly the lives of the young soldiers that were sent there. In the end, what actually was accomplished by America's involvement? It seems to me that is was a war that ended without just settlement and highlighted the fact that political desire showed no respect for political correctness or responsibility. ...read more.

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