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American Involvement In Vietnam 1968 Many people wonder how the Americans managed to become involved in a war 10000 miles away from their native continent but the initial reasons for US involvement in Vietnam seemed logical and compelling to American leaders Following its success in World War II the United States faced the future with confidence From George Washingtons perspective the threat to US security and world peace was communism emanating from the Soviet Union Any communist anywhere at home or abroad was by definition and enemy of the United States With the unsuccessful appeasement of fascist dictators before World War II the Truman administration believed that the United States and its allies must meet any sign of communist aggression quickly and forcefully This was known as containment In Vietnam the target of containment was Ho Chi Minh and the Vietminh front he had created in 1941 Ho Chi Minh was a communist with long-standing connections to the Soviet Union He was also a Vietnamese nationalist who fought first to rid their country of the Japanese and then after 1945 to stop France from establishing its former leadership of Vietnam and the rest of Indochina Truman and other American leaders having no sympathy for colonialism favoured Vietnamese independence But expanding communist control of Eastern Europe and the triumph of the communists in China made Frances war against Ho Chi Minh seem anticommunist When France agreed to an independent Vietnam under Bao Dai as an alternative to Hos DRV the United States decided to support the French position In 1949 China became a communist state and the stability of Japan became prime importance to Washington The outbreak of war in Korea in 1950 served primarily to confirm Washingtons belief that communist aggression posed a great danger to Asia Truman having lost China and settling for a stalemate in Korea caused succeeding presidents to fear the domestic political consequences if they lost Vietnam This apprehension an
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