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The Sixties are often described as one the most confusing yet important decades in American history The confusion surrounding this decade is in no small part due to the war in Vietnam With over one hundred and fifty billion dollars spent by the military and over five hundred thousand American personnel overseas it is difficult to understand why South Vietnam fell to the Communists History has set a precedent that the economically superior side will always prevail in a war America had not only economic superiority but technological superiority as well In a war where the expected result was decisive American victory the final outcome was a protracted and bloody defeat over fifty thousand American casualties were recorded which turned into one of the most embarrassing chapters in American history The defeat in Vietnam resulted from a lack of support coming from various directions including the very people America was trying to liberate There are many factors that contribute to Americas defeat in Vietnam but the most important are the lack of support for the war in America itself the low morale and lack of combat effectiveness resulting from poor command of the Armys resources and the lack of support from the very people that America was trying to liberate Firstly the problem of the anti-war movement contributed greatly to the failure in Vietnam Without the support of their fellow Americans at home it became increasingly difficult for soldiers at war to fight effectively The anti-war attitude and the atrocious treatment of returning veterans made young men much more likely to evade the draft In the event that they ended up Vietnam they would fight less effectively due to the fact that they did not support the cause they were fighting for Undermining of the war by activists at home continued to increase with the increase in American casualties This problem is best described by Robert McNamara Secretary of Defence under both Kennedy and
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