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Why did the USA become involved in Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s?

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Why did the USA become involved in Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s? US involvement in Vietnam started as economic aid for French forces fighting the Vietminh in 1949 to sending of 3,500 US Marines to protect Danang air base from communist forces in March 1964. Then the involvements increased to heavy military involvement during the late 1960s. In this essay I will be looking at the three main reasons for increased involvement, for the three main stages of increased involvement, political, economic and military. Firstly the USA did not want Vietnam to become a communist country because it was against the ideas of communism. ...read more.


The Domino theory had already worked from Russia to China and the USA were worried more of Asia would become communist. The USA had already lost 142, 000 men trying to remove communism from Korea in 1950-53. Another political reason that made more the USA involve more was that the leader of South Vietnam (the non-communist side) was corrupt and unpopular. Due to the unpopular leader, Ngo Diem, Viennese people choose the communist side for the Leader, Ho Minh. Basically the US didn't want communism to spread and felt they needed to politically involve themselves as the current leader was so unpopular. ...read more.


So the US had become involved so that they couldn't back out as they had money into this war. Military reasons for the third stage of involvement from the US to Vietnam was so that the US could get Vietnam anticommunist but was passed off as allowing all measures necessary to protect US forces against any further aggression after a conflict in the Gulf of Tongking. In conclusion the US got more heavily involved as time went on and by the time they had got economically involved they could not back out. The US became involved mainly due to not wanting a domino effect to happen in Asia or around the world. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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