Why did the USA become increasingly involved in the Vietnam War

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Why did the USA become increasingly involved in the Vietnam War?

During the Vietnam War, there were a variety of reasons why USA became increasingly involved. One reason included how they thought it would be an ‘easy’ war to fight and for that reason, they would be able to easily win and the war would not go on for too long.

They also wanted to ‘contain’ communism as they believed they would be able to stop the spread of communism within Asia. To help contain the communism, they believed in the ‘domino theory’. Their arrogance also contributed to US being increasingly involved in the war.

One major reason why America became increasingly involved in the Vietnam War was containment. This was set up to contain the spread of communism and to prevent it from spreading further, this was the policy in which the U.S government (Presidents Truman, Kennedy Johnson and Eissen Hower) followed. USA feared communism and were concerned of communism spreading to Vietnam. This became part of the ‘Domino Theory’ they believed in (put forward by John Foster Dulles). They believed that if one country fell to communism, then this would cause other countries to fall from the communism spreading to them. The ‘dominoes’ represented communism spreading to other countries as basic dominoes would fall and affect the next domino; therefore the domino represents communism spreading to the next country.

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At this point, America were scared, they did not want Vietnam to be the next domino on the list. The more countries that became communist meant that the American markets would be affected and this would have an affect on the wealth of the USA.

Another main reason why USA became more attached to the Vietnam War was because of the arrogance from the U.S government. The government had underestimated the enemy, leading them to believe they could easily defeat the communists. Vietnam had a strong will to rid their country of foreign rulers. The U.S presidents dared not ...

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