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Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill that we shall pay any price bear any burden meet any hardships support any friend oppose any foe in order to assure the survival of liberty This is just what the United States did during the Vietnam War The goal of the United States was to preserve a separate independent noncommunist government in South Vietnam However whether or not the American people always agreed with the decisions the government made regarding Vietnam is not quite as simple In the beginning most Americans felt an enormous need to help South Vietnam resist the communist North Vietnam and the Domino Theory They believed that in the long run keeping Vietnam away from communism would help Americas national security However throughout the lingering war American minds seemed to shift Not everyone felt that losing 58000 young American men for a cause that did not affect them was worth all the hardships and tribulation The emotions of the American public began to heat up While American soldiers were dying in the jungles of Vietnam protests all over America were going strong This all came together when suddenly the Tet Offensive occurred on January 30th 1968 The already pessimistic people of America realized that they were in the middle of an un-winnable war and they wanted out Americans ideas about Vietnam quickly changed The American people did not think that trying to protect South Vietnam from communism would ever help America From then on the Tet Offensive would be known as the turning point in the Vietnam War After Tet American leaders began a slow agonizing diminution of US involvement in Vietnam President Truman had just recently lost China to communism and settled for a stalemate in Korea Now the prospect of losing Vietnam to communism was at stake In 1963 President Kennedy proclaimed If we withdrew from Vietnam the communists would control Vietnam Pretty soon Thailand Cambodia
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