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Vietnam.There were many reasons for the USA's loss in the Vietnam War. There is no singular reason for the USA's loss; instead there are many, and each of these contributes to the end result.

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Question 2 - History Vietnam There were many reasons for the USA's loss in the Vietnam War. There is no singular reason for the USA's loss; instead there are many, and each of these contributes to the end result. Some historians believe that the USA didn't lose the war at all. The USA first invaded Vietnam on the 8th March 1965, with the first 3,500 US marines landing on Vietnam soil, this seemingly small amount of troops would mass to 525,000 in 1967. America first involved themselves in Vietnam because of the "Policy of Containment" in this policy it made it clear that the USA was to stop the spreading of communism. The Domino theory was also a persuasive element. It suggested in the Domino theory that if one country was to fall to communism then the surrounding countries would also fall. This suggested to the USA that if Vietnam fell to communism then the surrounding countries (Indo-China) would also fall to communism. This meant that the USA would have to take action to stop communism-overtaking Indo-China. The USA's objectives of starting a war in Vietnam were to install security to capitalist countries there and to stop the spread of communism. The USA's army was a professional army and had little to no experience with Guerrilla tactics. ...read more.

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Diem was also biased against the Buddhists who were the majority of the population. The Vietcong however were told to "Be fair and honest to the people. Never take even a pin from them. When staying in a civilian house, maintain it as if it is your own. Be polite to the people and love the people." - Source G. This made the VC a much more popular choice than the South Vietnam regime. Diem's unpopularity with the US became more apparent, when over $400,000,000 had been given to Diem and nearly nothing had changed. Diem tried to find popularity by not killing the VC he ordered his officers not to involve themselves with fighting. Opposition to the War in Vietnam hit a high in 1968 following the Tet Offensive and My Lai. It had been seen by many US people that Vietnam was the most important problem facing the country from 1965 onwards - Source A. Many protests broke out in October 1965 as the impact of the draft (conscript) took effect. Many of the people avoided the call up. Two main figures of popularity avoided it, Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali at the time was one of the most influential figures in boxing and this increased support within anti-war movements. ...read more.

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Communism.This meant that although the US had not achieved its objectives it had not fallen prey to the communist VC and NVLF. Saijon, the capital city did not fall until 2 years after the US had left. Also another point that historians could say was that the amount of deaths in Vietnam increased after the US had left not decreased. Also the US troops had not run away, Vietnamisation had taken place. After Vietnam, the American policy of containment was left in ruins. It had not failed just militarily but a number of reasons combined had lead to the downfall of the War in Vietnam. The war had shown that even the USA's vast military strength could not stem teh spread of communism. Not only had the US not stopped the communist spread into South Vietnam but with the bombing campaigns that were also undertaken in Vietnam's neighbours had helped the spread of communism in those countries. Instead of slowing down the domino effect the US had increased the rate at which it took place. The Americans had always shown their campaign against communism as a crusade against evil. But the atrocities that the US soldiers had commited and the use of chemical weapons and their aftershocks had damaged their reputation badly. The US changed it's policies towards communist states and they were getting along better with their communist counter-parts. ...read more.

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