"We have to start treating Vietnam as a country and not a war. It'll take the old age and death of all veterans before it stops being our 51st state (Alvarez, 2013)." In the story "The Man I Killed", Tim O'Brien, who served in the U.S military in Vietnam, describes the guilt many American soldiers felt about the atrocities they committed in Vietnam. "Vietnam is not an appendage of America. That sort of thinking got us into the mess in the first place. Were bound together by some painful history, but it’s not our liver or our appendix- it's a country (Alvarez, 2013)."
The Vietnam War was one of the longest and most expensive wars in American history. It started from 1955 till April 30, 1975. This war lasted for almost 20 years. According to the article "How the U.S Got Involved In Vietnam" by Jeff Drake the U.S attacked Vietman and this wasn't supposed to happen. This war could have been avoidable. The 58,000 Americans didn’t have to die, nor did the 2,000,000 Vietnamese. The U.S government was responsible for their deaths. What the government told the public from the very beginning was that they were going to war because they had to stop the communist menace in Vietnam or other countries would follow suit; that they had to defend the democratic South Vietnamese government against the gathering Red hordes. While other people say it was an attempt by the U.S to suppress a heroic Vietnamese national liberation movement that had driven French colonialism out of its country (Drake, 1993).
According to Jeff Drake "imperialistic arrogance, personal gain and prestige, greed, anti-Communist hysteria, and the desire to control, drove the decision making process that led to U.S to war." Jeff Drake was an American soldier who fought in the Vietnam War. He states that him as a soldier who initially supported the war, at the end opposed it. As many as other soldiers they couldn’t make any sense of the military policy that they were ordered to carry. According to him they were told that they were there to stop the communist menace and because South Vietnamese asked them to save them from the same communist menace, but what they experienced didn’t add up to what they were being told. The power to change the course of the history was in our government hands, but unfortunately this happened (Drake, 1993).
Tim O'Brien, author from the story "The Man I Killed" is considered to be a Vietnam writer. Tim O'Brien is an American soldier who fought in Vietnam. Even though O'Brien was opposed to the Vietnam War, he served for two years from 1969-1970 as a foot soldier in Vietnam ("Tim O'Brien"). O'Brien's Vietnam stories are not so much about the war as they are about people, with the war providing the background ("Rising Star Tim O'Brien"). Even though his experience as a soldier in Vietnam had to do a lot in becoming a writer, since he was a young boy he liked to read and write. Both his parents were bibliophiles so this became a great influence in him. By the age...