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Korea and Vietnam had similar beginnings as far as revolutions are concerned Korea had been occupied by Japan and Vietnam had been occupied by France The United States and other UN nations put millions of dollars into both wars but pretty much came out empty handed At first it seemed as though America would win both wars but those opinions changed after years and years of fighting proved that not enough was being done to successfully rid Asian countries of communism At first Truman just had sea and air suppport but it soon turned inot a war with the USs total involvment A similar situation took place in Vietnam In the beginning the UN sent support to France but soon got actively involved in the war once the support was not enough anymore Korea just like Vietnam was split between a Northern Communist enemy and a Southern Republic ally of the US In both events the US government was forced into signing peace treaties because of the severe US losses from fighting Both Vietnam and Korea were supported by China and the Soviet Union By the beginning of the Korean War China was already on its way to becoming a nuclear power US government officials faced problems with this They needed to fight the main enemy but at the same time avoid a fight with China Both sided knew that a fight with China would have meant World WarIII with a nuclear weapons Both sides preferred to avoid this but either side was willing to use nuclear weapons if they detected a threat from the other side For the US both wars had similar goals The stop of communism was imminent and the UN would do everything short of using nuclear weapons to stop it The Vietnam war however brought on a new enemy guerilla warfare Guerilla tactics were powerful and could severly destroy operations in
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