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In the history of the United States our foreign policy has caused many disputes over the proper role in international affairs Because of the unique beliefs and ideals by which we live in this country we feel obligated to act as leaders of the world and help other countries in need Therefore the US has attempted to somehow combine this attitude with economic and strategic gain After World War II the Cold War was initiated and Americas fear of communism led Truman to begin the endeavors of the containment of communism As a result the US became involved with Korea and then Vietnam The US was determined not to let South Vietnam fall to the communists because President Eisenhower once stated that the fall of Vietnam would have a domino effect Unfortunately not everyone viewed Vietnam the same way as Eisenhower Opponents of the war believed that the US had no right to intervene in this civil war while supporters maintain the attitude of moral obligation for the world by defending freedom and democracy from communism Three historians in Conflict and Consensus carefully examine our foreign policy and involvement in the Vietnam War Each article emphasizes different points and explains how one of the most powerful countries in the world lost the war In the first article Gods Country and American Know-How Loren Baritz argues that the American myth of superiority based on nationalism technology and moral ideals brought the US into the war The Americans never understood the Vietnamese culture and their true sentiments on the war Nevertheless because of our power and moral prowess the US was confident that we would prevail This was our biggest mistake we were blind and ignorant473 Baritz states that we were frustrated by the incomprehensible behavior of our Vietnamese enemies and bewildered by the inexplicable behavior of our Vietnamese friends470 Because of our isolation on the North American Continent the US had a difficult time understanding the
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