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

What Did We Learn From The Vietnam War?

1937 words - 8 pages

“Teaching the Vietnam War makes one realize how the shape of a narrative determines, and is determined by, its content” (Franklin 246). The Vietnam War was one of America’s most controversial wars. Many of its aspects are still plagued with great uncertainty. Those aspects of the Vietnam War are argued and debated about, they were argued during the time of the war and the arguing has continued. The Vietnam War was indeed a time of confusion. Why did the war start? What was the United States’ real reason for getting involved? What was the objective of the war? What were the American soldiers really fighting, or in reality, dying for? How do you explain a war to someone who has not experienced firsthand, especially if you were not around yourself? There is no real answer. You can give the facts and figures, but that leaves out the true grit of a war. The human perspective must also be given. As with any war, the Vietnam War had many perspective: the protestors, the politician, and lastly, but most importantly, the soldier (Although there are many other stories that could and should be told). Through the facts and figures and the eyes of those who were there, an individual could learn about the Vietnam War, although how many actually want to understand war is uncertain.
The facts and figures are one of the first things that should be learned about the war (Although many would argue the facts). The Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France between 1945 and 1954. They received $2.6 billion in financial aid from the United States to aid their efforts. The Geneva Convention followed the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, where Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam all received independence. Vietnam was momentarily divided into Communist North and anti-Communist South. Then in 1956, South Vietnam, with help from America, refused to hold the unification elections. In 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, eventually known as the Viet Cong, began to battle the government of the South Vietnamese. The United States then sent 2,000 military advisors t support South Vietnam’s government. This number grew to 16,3000 by 1963. The military force slowly deteriorated. By 1963 the fertile Mekong Delta was lost to the overpowering Viet Cong. The war rose in 1965, when President Johnson issued commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and ground forces, which had risen to 536,000 by 1968. The Tet Offensive by North Vietnam turned many Americans against the waging war. President Nixon, following Johnson, promoted Vietnamization, the withdrawing of American troops and handing over the great responsibility of the war to South Vietnam. Protesting of the war dramatically increased, especially after Nixon’s attempt to slow North Vietnam forces and supplies into the South by sending American forces to destroy supply bases in Cambodia in 1970, which violated Cambodian neutrality. This provoked antiwar protests on many of the United Stats’ college campuses. ...

Find Another Essay On What Did We Learn from the Vietnam War?

What We Learn from the Letters between John and Abigail Adams

785 words - 3 pages What We Learn from the Letters between John and Abigail Adams John Adams, a Harvard graduate and well-educated politician, married Abigail Smith in October of 1764. She was the daughter of a wealthy minister. Despite the lack of formal education because of illness, Abigail learned to read, write, and converse on level of great dignity. Ten years into their marriage, Mr. Adams was elected into Congress to represent Massachusetts. He

Anthropology and what we can learn from the study of other cultures

1468 words - 6 pages close contact and each thinks the othergroup is doing them some wrong. With many situations similar to this occurring around the world aswe speak it is not surprising to learn that 35 out of 37 major armed conflicts in 1991 were considered tobe due to ethnic differences or racial tensions (Eriksen, 1993).I think most people are aware that environmental issues are some of the biggest problemsfacing the world today. The world we live in affects the

Why Did Australia Join The Vietnam War?

424 words - 2 pages as the US had helped Australia in WWII.After the Cold War, Menzies was very afraid of communism. He was afraid that the domino theory would come into effect and Australia would be invaded by communism. To combat this fear of communism he sent 30 Australians in the role of "advisors" in 1962. This was part of his strategy of "forward defense" where the best form of defending Australia from communism was stopping the communists in South Vietnam

What Role Did the American Media Play in the Vietnam War

2248 words - 9 pages back and looked for that stuff, from the reporting in Vietnam, you would not find it". He believes that the soldiers came home from war to a "confused country" of which wanted answers and the soldiers did not feel that they were portrayed fairly from the media. No matter whom you ask, opinions on whether the news media during the Vietnam War era was biased or not will always vary, but the lack of reporting in some areas of the war do suggest bias

What Do We Learn About Romeo's And Juliet's Feelings For Each Other And Their Characters From 'The Balcony Scene?"

595 words - 2 pages What Do We Learn About Romeo's And Juliet's Feelings For Each Other And Their Characters From 'The Balcony Scene?'The 'balcony scene' is one of the most famous scenes in the whole world of theatre. My initial imagination was of the two lovers deeply in love with no conditions but with this closer look at the scene I can see what it was really like.The scene begins with Romeo running from his friends because he wants to find Juliet without his

How does structure affect the bureaucracy? What lessons can we learn from theory about government and bureaucracy?

931 words - 4 pages bureaucrats? What powers should agencies be delegated, and did they have the Constitutional right to create policy? Ultimately, it seems that Congress upheld the power to delegate responsibility to bureaucracies and agencies (Fritschler 45-46). The dangers of the system that followed, was the danger in an all too instrumental conception of bureaucracies as a tool, like a hammer, it could be used by whoever had it in their grasp.As the size and the reach

The lessons we should learn from the battle of Uhud

736 words - 3 pages The lessons we should learn from the battle of Uhud The battle of Uhud has great significance in the history of Muslims. This war was fought in the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) where Meccans attacked the forces of Muslims in Madinah. This battle was fought on 3rd Shawwal 3 AH according to Islamic calendar. The Quraish’s perspective to fight this war was to take revenge from Muslims for the defeat of battle of Badr which they thought they

We Learn From Our Mistakes

1171 words - 5 pages night especially for girls and it could get really dangerous and we could get into trouble. They were trying their best to stop me from going out but at that time, I did not listen to any thing they had to say. The reason for it was that I had enough of the restrictions that were made on me. I was tired of being overprotected. I wanted to do what I felt like doing and not what my parents told me to do. Besides it was New Years Eve and it was not

We learn the most from the people closest to us

899 words - 4 pages information about the dog's death. This shows us how brave and heroic he is. In the end, to his surprise, he learns the murderer is his father. From there, everything starts to change Christopher distrusts his father, and then what becomes his most important goal is to find him mother.Christopher unexpectedly finds his mother's letter at home. The letter was hidden by his father. He realizes his mother had never been died and his father has been

A letter to President: Lessons from Vietnam War and The Mistakes we should avoid in the future

638 words - 3 pages the number of Vietnamese soldiers or the size of their army, they didnt know what weapons they have and how good are their skills and industry. Know the enemy you'll be fighting!Another major lesson learned from the Vietnam War is Know why you are fighting! Some of American soldiers that fought in Vietnam did not even know exactly why they were fighting and what their opponets wanted. The My Lai massacre was an event that showed how careless the

The Vietnam War showed the USA that it would have to learn to live with communism. To what extent is this statement true?

933 words - 4 pages People had to face. The USA is not a world power which likes to confess defeat and the intervention in the Gulf also served to demonstrate the power of the US to the world and "remove the legacy" of Vietnam. Americans like to think that they have won the war and that they have stopped communism from expanding in Asia.There are two major aspects which suggest that the United States miscalculated the strength of communism and had reason to accept and

Similar Essays

Why Did The United States Withdraw From The Vietnam War?

1510 words - 6 pages Why did the United States Withdraw From the Vietnam War? The United States withdrew from the Vietnam War for several reasons. The Army had to fight in unfamiliar territory, was lacking in moral, were not prepared for the conditions, could not shut down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and were untrained to respond to guerilla warfare. This combination of disadvantages and the loss of public support led to the United States withdrawing from Vietnam. The

What Did The Vietnam War Do To You Soldier?

1099 words - 5 pages play when they are having an anxiety attack or the memories. The doctors did not know how to stop the seizures at first till a year later from the soldiers being home or the doctors wouldnt diagnose the soldiers with them. When these soldiers came home the did not know what to expect from everyone that they left before the war. The war was not popular at home so the soldiers were rejected when they got home( Effect on the Vietnam War). They

What We Can Learn From Wwi

713 words - 3 pages the war and never repealing it (the very income tax we have now). Furthermore, we learn greed is a destroyer of nations. The Treaty of Versailles placed square blame for the war on Germany and enacted a payment plan forcing Germany to pay $132 billion marks, a sum finally remunerated in 2010, almost 100 years later. The large cost led to unfortunate conditions, leading to the rise of fascism in Germany. This fascism installed Hitler as dictator of

Putin And The Ukrainian Crisis: What Did He Learn From Government 5?

1636 words - 7 pages F0007NC Gov 5 Winter 2014 Based on his actions during the 2014 Ukraine crisis, Vladimir Putin would have earned an A in Government 5. The ongoing crisis is filled with power politics and the balance of power between Russia and Western Europe. The issue comes down to looking at the benefits and harms of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, and from the concepts we learned in Government 5 we can see that Putin is effectively minimizing harm while