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Vietnam syndrome is the term used to describe the poor decisions made by Americas leaders during the period of the war Americans refer to it as the action - reaction approach that the United States Government used during the Vietnam War by waiting for the Communists to do something and then responding to the situation rather than having a distinct plan or guideline to follow in eliminating the enemy Vietnam Syndrome also makes reference to the determination of the Americans and certainty of victory in war caused by Americas track record of never losing a war before President Kennedy said that America would preserve its success rate it would pay any price bare any burden support any friend and oppose any foe to ensure the survival and success of democracy President Lydon Johnson said America would defeat the communists no matter what it cost the country or how long it would take Goro 1 Vietnam syndrome is a term that has such a negative connotation towards the credibility of the United States government that todays politicians are careful to avoid the mistakes that were made in that time Vietnam taught Americans much about the devastating effects of war and the importance of taking military action while the conflict is still small rather than letting the situation progress into a full blown war Many of our nations leaders kept this in mind while making their foreign policy decisions This can be traced beginning with President Carter to the Reagen Bush and Clinton administrations After president Anastasio Somoza Debyle of Nicaragua was hospitalized from suffered a heart attack he learned of a plot aimed at preventing the succession of his son to the presidency Later as a concession to United States President Jimmy Carter President Somoza lifted the state of siege that had been in effect in the country A month later there was a resurgence in guerilla activity under the banner of the Sandanista National Liberation
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