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Source K suggests that television was an important reason why the US lost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to L to support this interpretation? Use the sources and knowledge from your own studies to explain your answer.

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Source K suggests that television was an important reason why the US lost the war in Vietnam. Is there sufficient evidence in sources D to L to support this interpretation? Use the sources and knowledge from your own studies to explain your answer. There are major debates, still happening today, about why America lost the Vietnam War. The majority of the US military blamed the American civilians for the loss of the war. They were also angry with American politicians who "lost their nerve" in the face of mounting protests from the American public. Others blame the military for their failure to adopt the necessary tactics to win the war and hearts and minds of the people. Source K argues that television was an important reason why the US lost the war in Vietnam. This is true but is it the most important reason? Source D is a poster by the North Vietnamese showing the problems faced by America fighting a guerrilla war. ...read more.

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However this man states later "it didn't mean slaughtering whole villages of women and children" (referring to the My Lai massacre. This and other similar sources would have also influenced the US people, as this was a primary source, someone who was actually there. He then goes on to say "...it was a Nazi thing...". The US hated the Nazis and after being called themselves this by one of their own soldiers would have convinced the US public to support the Vietcong. Source H is referring to the costs of the Vietnam War and the cartoon is supposed to be humorous. It is joking about the great society (American public) having to "fuel the train" for the US economy i.e. The American public were having to pay the US for a war they didn't want. Also Johnson had promised to "feed and shelter the homeless...to provide more education and medical care" which was a lie as this money (taxes) ...read more.

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The South Vietnamese didn't have the resources the US or western world had, so they were used to fighting for their survival. The American forces were also using a lot of drugs at the time of war whilst out in Vietnam. Troops spent time trying to survive until their next R and R break. This was their incentive for the war yet the Vietcong were fighting for their beliefs and their country. At one time there were four times as many casualties from drug abuse as there was from actually fighting. Media coverage during the Vietnam War was a very important reason why the US lost the war as sources D to L show and do so very well. However there were many other important reasons why the US lost including the Vietnamese civilians, aid from other communist countries to Vietnam, Vietnam were used to the hard life but the Americans weren't, drug abuse from the American forces, the Vietcong were looking to the long-term of the outcome of the war and the home front collapsed which was partly caused by the media support ...read more.

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