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Vietnam War- Explain why the United States removed its forces from Vietnam in 1973

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Explain why the United States removed its forces from Vietnam in 1973 There were many reasons for America backing out of the Vietnamese war. However there were two main reasons which played a big role in Vietnam's defeat. These included the criticism from the media and the antiwar activists in America. Near to the end of the war America was devastated. America now realised that they were in trouble financially, politically and morally. At the start of the war the USA were the world's greatest military powers and they believed that the chance of them winning the war was high. However the reasons for their downfall were obvious from the start. The coverage from the media in America was classed as shocking to the Americans as they had never before seen the devastating affects on the people in Vietnam. ...read more.

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The use of flammable liquids often jellied gasoline known as napalm affected the Vietnamese people in so many ways. The water supply became poisonous They believed that all of the killings in Vietnam were not needed to convey the idea of freedom from communism in Vietnam and that the attacks were uncalled for and brutal. However the tactics used by US all throughout the war were brutal and inappropriate. In 1968 the US leaders decided to introduce "Operation Phoenix ". Thousand of Viet Cong members were killed and were far from warming to their home country. However communism had always worked hard to warm to the communists and already it seemed that the communists were succeeding in the fight for communism. It seemed that American tactics played a big role in the withdrawal of American forces. ...read more.

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The big difference between the Americans tactics and the Communists tactics allowed the communists to beat America in the fight for communism. The fact that the communists were able to captivate the hearts and minds of their people increased their success in a big way. The fact that the communists were already warming to the public meant that the US needed to try and win back the hearts of the civilians by using different tactics however they were reluctant to change the way in which they won support from their home country. From this the US knew that they would have to spend a long time fighting to win the war however the Americans were not as willing to carry on losing soldiers lives to win a war that the people at home did not agree with. ...read more.

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