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In life there are many components that make up a whole Often we do not see the little things that go behind the big picture This is the case in times of war as well Most people think that in war there are just soldiers out in the field shooting at each other However there is more to warfare than just bullets flying everywhere In the Vietnam war everyone knew about the Viet Cong and their tactics they used What most people do not know is that the United States also had their own strategies and counterinsurgency tactics to counter the North Vietnam and Viet Cong My purpose is to inform the readers that the US who talked so much of Vietnams aggression into the South also had their own aggression and counterinsurgency tactics which were very necessary and also very atrocious and shocking as the Viet Cong This aggression was carried out through a highly secretive program called The Phoenix Program The Phoenix Program was an operation to counter the Viet Cong Before further discussing what the Phoenix Program was one must first truly understand the Viet Cong to see why the United States felt it was necessary to install the Phoenix Program in the Vietnam War The Viet Cong Infrastructure also known as VCI were civilians that were not a part of the North Vietnamese military organization However without the VCI the communist effort in South Vietnam would have never gotten off the ground They were the men and women in South Vietnam who used every possible means to assure that communist ideology took hold in the countryside They were the regular people who lived in the villages of the South that carried out guerrilla warfare tactics on US troops What made the VCI so effective is that the US could not distinguish who the enemy was This was a tactic that Ho Chi Minh used to
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