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Did the power of television force the United States to leave Vietnam

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How useful are Sources A to C to explain why the United States became involved in the war in Vietnam? By: Reem Berhane The sources A, B and C, give us some insight into why the United States became involved in the war in Vietnam. Alternatively, it does not tell us the full story. In source A, President Johnson is giving his public speech, on April 1965 [a month after 'Operation Rolling Thunder' began], about stopping Communism. He says, "We fight in Vietnam because we have a promise to keep". The 'Truman Doctrine' is a list of various promises signed and written by every American president. Johnson signed this in 1948. The promise they're fighting for; 'promise to help any threatened by Communism'. And that is exactly what they intend to do. The 'Domino Theory' is also another reason; they're involved in the war in Vietnam. It's the fact, that if you let one country fall to Communism other countries will, one after the other, like dominoes, And so the U.S. ...read more.

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However the way, Christianity appeals to the U.S. is very biased. In my opinion, I find source A, very useful, but however limited because there is no actual fact. Everything said is opinion based. It's a very biased speech, because it's just President Johnson's speech. Also, he is telling the public what they want to hear, he's therefore trying to persuade the U.S. public. In source B, President Johnson is speaking in a private conversation in May 1964. At this time Lyndon Johnson only just became president, but when he was vice president he knew Vietnam quite well. Johnson, in this speech is saying a number of things to criticize the U.S. public about the knowledge they have of Vietnam; [which is not a lot]. This private opinion states that Johnson thinks USA can not win this war. And he obviously has a very low opinion of the U.S. public. ...read more.

Conclusion

This part of the conversation especially was biased because Chomsky himself is an Anti-American, and is therefore being biased towards America. Also, over exaggerating when stating your opinion, makes it very weak. Therefore this source isn't as useful because of the over exaggeration. To conclude, all of the sources value usefulness but also have limitations. In my view source B is most useful because, it was a private conversation with Johnson, criticising and humiliating the U.S. public and their knowledge of Vietnam. The conversation, had swearing involved which would be quite shocking knowing that, in those days the U.S. people didn't appreciate bad language. This conversation was supposed to be kept secret and private. On the other hand, secret tapes were hidden in all of the rooms is the 'White House' recording everything said. So when this conversation was found, it was revealed to everyone. You would find a secret most useful in this situation because you find out the real truth, of Johnson's thoughts and opinions, which are quite shocking in this conversation. ...read more.

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