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Gemma Weatherall History Coursework Assignment 2 Why did the USA become increasingly involved in The war in Vietnam? In 1950, the USA was obsessed with stopping communism from spreading in South East Asia. Every one was anti-communist in the USA and they were very worried about the domino theory. The domino theory was a 20th Century foreign policy theory that speculated if one land in a region came under the influence of communists, then more would follow in a domino effect. The domino effect says that some small change will cause another change nearby, which then will cause another change, and so on, to a falling row of dominos. The final declaration of the Geneva agreement on the 21st July, 1954, on restoring peace in Indo-China, the representives of Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, France, Laos, the United Kingdom, and USA took part. The USA did not want this to take place. As the 1960's began the North Vietnamese declared their intention of liberating South Vietnam from the US imperialist. ...read more.


The government of Diem did not take much notice of this and then they lost any other support. The US started to get impatient and did nothing to prevent a military coup in November 1963. Ho Chi Minh argued that the opposition forces in South Vietnam should concentrate on organising support instead of carrying out acts of terrorism against Diem's government. In 1959, Ho Chi Minh sent his adviser, to visit South Vietnam. He returned to tell Ho Chi Minh that Diem's imprisoned the leaders of the opposition was successful and that unless North Vietnam encouraged armed resistance, they would never get a united country. Ho Chi Minh agreed to supply the guerrilla units with aid. He encouraged the different armed groups to join together and form a more powerful and more effective organisation. They agreed to do this and in December, 1960, the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam was formed. The NLF was made up of over a dozen different political and religious groups. ...read more.


He wanted a great society in the USA. Instead he found himself facing a 'bitch of a war' on the other side of the world Following the Gulf of Tonkin incedent, Lyndon Johnson was up for election that year, launched retaliatory strikes and went on national television on August 4th. Although the USS maddox had been involved in providing intelligence support for South Vietnamese attacks at Hon me and Hon Ngu, Johnsons secretary of defence, Robert McNamara, went before Congress and denied that the United States Navy was supporting South Vietnamese military operations. He thus characterized the attack as "unprovoked." He also claimed before Congress that there was "unequivocable proof" of an "unprovoked" second attack against the Maddox. In February 1965 an attack on American base in Pleiku in which 9 Americans were killed and 67 were injured led to the US getting more involved. A bombing campain in March 1965 began with the onset of Operation rolling thunder and in the same month the first US soldiers arrived to defend th Da Nang airbase and its perimeter. The US was now commited to a war which was to involve them for the next eight years. ...read more.

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