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The United States was prepared to help the Republic of Vietnam to protect its own people and to preserve its independence. To what extent is this a legitimate justification for the motivation of the American involvement in the Vi

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"The United States was prepared to help the Republic of Vietnam to protect its own people and to preserve its independence." To what extent is this a legitimate justification for the motivation of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from 1954 to 1973? Table of contents: A. Plan of investigation..............................................2 B. Summary of evidence.............................................2-3 C. Evaluation of sources..............................................4 D. Analysis...............................................................4-5 E. Conclusion............................................................6 F. Bibliography.........................................................7 Word count: 1,946 "The United States was prepared to help the Republic of Vietnam to protect its own people and to preserve its independence." To what extent is this a legitimate justification for the motivation of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from 1954 to 1973? A. Plan of investigation: The investigation examines the legitimacy of the statement made by the US President John F. Kennedy on December 14, 1961 about the American motivation to support the South Vietnamese government in the conflict against the Communist force within the country. In order to assess whether the President's statement demonstrates the reality of the American involvement in the Vietnam War from 1954 to 1973, the investigation assesses the United States' role in Vietnam prior to the Geneva Agreement in 1954 and the United States' war tactics and war policies from 1954 to 1973. ...read more.

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The Cold War Chat was carried out for Ellsberg to reveal his viewpoint on the legitimacy of the American involvement in the Vietnam War and his process of leaking the Pentagon Papers to the media. The value of this evidence, as it was given by an important figure of the US government, is the provision of a first-hand account of how the US government would react to the leaking of the Pentagon Papers and how they would try to suppress the secret information about the war, even though they had been justifying the US involvement in the war. Its limitations is that it was done solely according to the viewpoint of a person who was put on trial by the US government for the leaking of the governmental documents and who was disillusioned by the war then joined the anti-war movements, therefore the evidence might just reveal facts that are bias towards Daniel Ellsberg's viewpoint. Secretary Dean Rusk's address, "The stake in Vietnam", before the Economic club of New York, at New York, April 22, 1963, is a speech delivered by the Secretary of State Dean Rusk to justify the USA's involvement in Vietnam at the time when there was increasing criticisms about the war expenses among the US public. ...read more.

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Nevertheless, the Vietcong still won the support of the majority of the population due to their popular nationalist cause. In addition, the USA's involvement in the Vietnam War was condemned due to its aggressive policies which merely did not help to protect the Vietnamese people and Vietnam's independence. E. Conclusion: The US's motivation to be involved in the Vietnam War was merely to prevent a communist takeover in yet another area of the world. It was unjustified to state that their motive was to "help the Republic of Vietnam to protect its own people and to preserve its independence." Although there were, indeed, discontent among the mass with the Vietnamese communist government, its nationalist cause still won the support of the majority. Moreover, the US's policies in Vietnam did not protect the Vietnamese people from communist aggression as they had claimed. In fact, the US support for the French regaining their former colony, which violated the independence of Vietnam, and then did not hesitate to implement atrocious military measures against North Vietnam proved that the protection of the Vietnamese people and the benefits of Vietnam were merely excuses for the US to escalate a war to abolish a system that would infringe upon their economic and political interests in South East Asia. F. ...read more.

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