This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Vietnam Was The Result Of American Alliance For Future Security Insurance Rather Than A Response To The Threat Of Communism From The North.

4816 words - 19 pages

Kate FitzpatrickYear 12 Modern HistoryMs SteeleDue Date: 12/6/2008Date handed in: 12/6/2008Number of words: 1735 (inc quotes)Hypothesis:Vietnam was the result of American alliance for future security insurance rather than a response to the threat of communism from the North. Australia and the Vietnam WarWhen Sir Robert Menzies announced that Australia was committing an infantry battalion for service in Vietnam on April 29 1965, he provided very vague and ambiguous reasoning which the population of Australia misunderstood, criticised and misrepresented. To this day, confusion as to the exact circumstances of Australia's entering the war still remains. However through analysing Australia's foreign policy, political alliances, relevant treaties, the domino theory and other democratic influences, it is evident that Australia's involvement in Vietnam was a consequence of our alliance with the US to guarantee our future national security rather than a response to the threat of communism from the North. Alliances are based on the concept of acting in the common interest, of bringing common assets to bear against a common enemy or potential enemy (Sexton, 1981). This was a founding basis in our union with America, which developed further through our common values, commitment to democracy and linguistic similarities. This cultural affinity we shared induced the Australian government into adopting an 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' outlook regarding military support.However the Americans were not our original 'great and powerful friend'. Australian foreign policy has traditionally been wholly reliant on Great Britain, 'The Mother Country' since our colonisation. But in WWII when the impending Japanese invasion was imminent, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill responded to our request for military assistance by demanding Australian troops in Burma, despite Australian's own regional and national security being in jeopardy. Newly elected Labor Prime Minister John Curtin broke our conventional ties and revealed our new alliance in his New Year's message of 1941. "Australia looks to America, free from any pangs to our traditional links or kinship with the United Kingdom." (Haugen, 2002) This advantaged Australia as the USA was the most technologically advanced, powerful and influential nation in the world at that time, and after the collapse of the British Empire and loss of Singapore, developing our budding coalition with them became an imperative priority. In 1956, Australian External Minister Richard Casey speculated that Australia should attempt '…everything possible to attract American interest down to the South West Pacific and Australia' (Cook, Manning, 1999). Eight years later in 1964, Australian Ambassador to the US Alan Renouf reiterated the importance and objects of our new great and powerful friends. 'Our objective should be…to achieve such a habitual closeness of relations with the US and sense of mutual alliance...

Find Another Essay On Vietnam was the result of American alliance for future security insurance rather than a response to the threat of communism from the North.

March 2nd 2004 "The weakness of peace treaties is that they tend to address the past war rather than the future peace." With reference to WWI, show how far you concur with this assertion?

1145 words - 5 pages broke against these treaties shows that even they thought it was a punishment to hard for any country or that at the time of the signing of the treaties they were to stuck up in emotion due to the massive loses to actually see what was the best way of restoring a long lasting peace.In conclusion one can argue that the peace treaties of WWI did address the past war more than the future peace. By being so punitive towards Germany the leaders at the

Q. Porter (2001) suggests that the Internet will increase rather than decrease the importance of strategic management in the future. Critically assess this viewpoint

1786 words - 7 pages the prominent applications of "the Internet in the value chain", the main emphasis is shown on "web-distributed supply chain management". For car manufacturing industries there was a shift from the "build-to-stock" environment to a "build-to-order" environment. Ford and GM intend to make this transformation "much like the Dell's approach to building computers. These auto giants intend to transform themselves...thereby cutting inventory requirements

Ibn battuta was a traveler from North Africa, who traveled more than anybody of his time, even Marco Polo

768 words - 3 pages In 1325, Ibn Battuta, a 21-year-old jurist, left his home in Tangier on aHajj, to Mecca as all good Muslims should do (p1). It was 29 years before he arrived homeagain, after travelling further than any known traveller before him: from Mali to China, fromRussia to Zanzibar, with his years as legal adviser to the Sultan of Delhi the crowningachievement of his career. His account of his journeys was written in old age entirely frommemory. Almost

Discuss the view that consolidation rather than expansion was the prime objective of Roman foreign policy between 69 and 211 A.D

1850 words - 7 pages . Indeed, it was Augustus who envisaged an 'imperium sine fine', but it seems that after A.D 69 emperors did want to consolidate and bring the existing empire together rather than extend its frontiers. It is possibly easier to see the retardation in Roman conquest after A.D 69, not as a long-term political strategy, but as the result of individual emperors responding to the specific difficulties and problems which faced them. It was a mixture of

Assess the view that Leni Riefenstahl was documenting history rather than creating propaganda

2977 words - 12 pages rather than documenting history. She was once more commissioned by Hitler to create a film of the Nuremberg Party Rally held in September of 1934. The film, Triumpf des Willens (Triumph of the Will) was considered to be more of a remake than a sequel to her previous Victory of Faith in which Leni Riefenstahl was disappointed. However, she remained reluctant to continue filming the party rally, claiming she had been drafted by Hitler into making it

Why do People Loathe Smokers? A response to Florence King A response to "I'd Rather Smoke than Kiss"

1134 words - 5 pages people who "hate" smokers calling them "bigots". In "I'd Rather Smoke than Kiss" King expresses her anger toward anti-smokers. As a youth, she explains her unique way of discovering cigarettes. King talks briefly of her life. Then, continues to articulate a need for smoking. After, the author compares anti-smoking organizations to Nazis. For example, her comparison brings fourth hatred or "schadenfreude: pleasure in the unhappiness of others" (King

At the greatest level, what was the extent of the US combat power in Vietnam? Is the US better or worse off because they lost? Is Vietnam better or worse off because of the North?

926 words - 4 pages The Vietnam War is not such an honorable and noble war for the US. It started as a war for independence, and then it turned into a conflict between the North and South Vietnam for the future direction of the country after the withdrawal of the French. However, the North was led by a nationalist, Ho Chi Minh, and the US viewed this conflict as communism versus the free world. It was similar to the Korean War, with a communist, Kim Il Sung, in the

Why Was Martin Luther King Less Successful In Campaigning Against Discrimination In The North Than He Had Been In The Southern States Of The USA?

739 words - 3 pages change these attitudes - here, perhaps as a result of poverty, the amount of gang warfare and crime was much higher than in the South. Change would undoubtedly take time- more than the few months that the SCLC had planned for the campaign to last. There were quite clear social divisions between black communities in the South and North. One of the most important examples of this is that the churches in the North were not as successful at organising

Why Was Communism Victorious in Vietnam?

1786 words - 8 pages carefully balance military objectives with world diplomacy. The entrance of China or the USSR into the war could have catapulted it to a scale beyond any side was prepared for. True victory would have been a sustaining South Vietnam so that it could protect itself from continued Communist invasion. Even with the intervention of the United States, the inherent weaknesses of the Saigon regime enabled North Vietnam to attack their center of gravity

Cloud Computing Virtualization – A Threat to Security of the System

2040 words - 9 pages The main aim of this paper is to study the concept of cloud computing through virtualization, how security is compromised in cloud computing and how we can secure the system from security breach in case of virtualization. Keywords: cloud computing, Hypervisor, Virtual machine, Virtualization Security. 1. INTRODUCTION Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing

arguments for spending more of the American budget on Education rather than Welfare

579 words - 2 pages In the recent February article of the Los AngelesTimes, Clinton has announced to go on with a plan to helppeople of welfare. Clinton challenged corporate bosses fivemonths ago to take people in from welfare and trained them.One of the main contributors of the project is a chiefexecutive officer of the Monsanto Ca., the nation's fourthlargest chemical maker. Clinton singled out the Monsantocompany and other companies for helping out welfare

Similar Essays

"The First World War Was The Result Of A Badly Mismanaged Balkan Crisis In The Summer Of 1914 Rather Than The Product Of Long Standing Rivalries Between The Great Powers."

1777 words - 7 pages Chancellor, Otto van Bismarck was conscious of the need of allies for the new young Germany. He was threatened by Russia and France who would want revenge after recovering from the Franco-Prussia war, 1870. Therefore Bismarck created a Dual Alliance with Austria-Hungary for defensive reasons and to isolate France. However by 1914 the original intentions of the alliances were different to their outcomes. Germany issued the Blank Cheque in July 1914

The Causes And Results Of The Vietnam War Were Those Of A Post Colonial Situation Rather Than Of The Cold War. How Far Is This True From The Period From 1953 80?

1986 words - 8 pages The Vietnam WarThe causes and results of the Vietnam War were those of a post-colonial situation rather than of the Cold War. How far is this true from the period from 1953-80?Aboud Al-AliAs one sets out to observe the underlying causes responsible for the outbreak of the Vietnam War, we notice that it could have a been a result of two main factors which are the Postcolonial situation in Vietnam and the Cold War which had contributed to the

"Un Activity In The Korean War Was Nothing More Than A Cover For Us Anti Communism." Discuss

1106 words - 4 pages offers no explanation for the lack of UN restraint on MacArthur, which created the opportunity to pursue American rather than UN interests.A rift between these two interests became evident when the UN resolved that it would not recognize any current regime having legal control over the whole of Korea, while the UNC, under MacArthur, was simultaneously administered a military government throughout the North. This was clearly an anti-Communist action

To What Extent Was The Greek Victory At Troy Due To Military Tactics And Technology, Rather Than Military Intelligence?

1520 words - 6 pages To what extent was the Greek victory at Troy due to military tactics and technology, rather than military intelligence?The Trojan War has been an epidemic for historians to express their viewpoints. It is the ultimate tale of love, war and deceit, the very morals that we hold so dearly to our heart. This story incorporates every ideology that we refer in our everyday of our lives. Military historians have used this tale not as a myth but as