Vietnam War

International Relations / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
American role; leadership & views of President Johnson & Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Concludes McNamara-Johnson policy failed.

The War in Vietnam lasted for more than two decades, counting both the French and American participation in what was first called Indochina and then Vietnam. The end came in 1972 with the fall of Saigon as the last of the American troops and administrators fled the scene, leaving behind a major refugee problem and other travails for the people of South Vietnam. American involvement actually started in 1954, and at that time it was the French who had been caught in the Vietnamese quagmire (Chafe 259). Full American involvement was contemplated prior to 1954 and rejected, in part because Eisenhower did not believe that a military victory was possible because of the political situation in the region, since the people…

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