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Why Did America Lose The Vietnam War

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Why America failed the Vietnam War? The americans were not suited to Jungle warfare and the vietnamese had the advantage over them as they knew the jungles well and the USA government were not prepared to keep losing large numbers of troops. 2) The peace movement against the war had been gaining momentum since 1970 until it reached a point where the American public were against the war in such high numbers the government were forced into action. 3) There was a massive drug problem with the American troops and high rates of desertion. 4) The Americans were unable to stop troops and supplies being deployed along the Ho Chi Min trail to the Vietcong 5) The Vietnamese were experts in guerrilla warfare. ...read more.

Middle

We lost the war because of forfeit. Johnson said no to being rid of Communism like Truman said no to McArthur in the Korean War. We had an open door and a 100% chance of destroying Communism, but we didn't have the permission. The United States did lose the Vietnam War. They were not able to overthrow communism which was their aim as presented to the public. Pulling out is a loose term for admitting defeat. The VC were vastly superior in their tactics and numbers. They had cause to be at war, many of the GI's believed Americans did not. There is no denying it, America lost the Vietnam War. The United States pulled out of the Vietnam war. ...read more.

Conclusion

They lost because the politicians did not let the military do their job. They made decisions that should have been made by generals. Politicians should not make tactical decisions. The people of South Vietnam did not want to fight that war and the U.S.A. didn't want to fight that whole war for them without much help from them. Some of these answers are so deluded. America lost the war in vietnam for various reasons. A few of the reasons are listed below, providing some idea of what happened in Vietnam even if it is a shallow overview: The US troops completely underestimated the VC,who were skilled jungle fighters, and also had mass peasant support. The American tactic 'search and destroy' increased VC support. As one soldier said "If they weren�t VC before we got there, they sure as hell were by the time we left" ...read more.

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