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Why did the USA originally get involved in the Vietnam War?

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Answer #1 | 05/01 2014 21:56
The US involvement in Southeast Asia was a product of the Cold War. Nothing more; nothing less. Attempts by revisionist historians and America-bashers to are intended to confuse the issue and cast doubt on the US intentions. But, in the early/mid 1960s (especially after the Cuban Missile Crisis) Southeast Asia (and South Vietnam was the kingpin to the stability of what had once been Indochina) was viewed by most Americans as the next big testing ground in the Cold War between the USA and USSR/PRC. It was, as it were, where the rubber met the road in the Cold War of that era. If you understand this simple fact the war makes sense. If you believe the anti-American propaganda and believe it was a conspiracy on the part of the EVIL capitalist military-industrial complex; the "warmongers" in the Pentagon; and/or the "hysterical" anti-Communists Right Wing Conservatives in Congress (the typical PC revisionist line of BS) you are going to be confused...which is their intention.
Answer #2 | 07/01 2014 07:34
At the time, the US had a policy of "containment" towards communism. The idea was to allow Communism to exist in the countries it already controlled, such as the Soviet Union and China, but to prevent it from expanding into any new countries. The movement lead by Ho Chi Minh started as simply a nationalist movement but when western powers refused to help them achieve independence from the French they turned to Communist countries to find support and became, at least nominally, a communist movement. The US thus opposed the North Vietnamese and Ho Chi Minh as an example of spreading communism.

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