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There is no possible way to pinpoint what went wrong in Vietnam The Vietnam War pushed on for almost three decades It lasted through the terms of five American Presidents and more than and handful of countries participated in the conflict Not to mention that it was shrouded in confusion and politics A seemingly endless list of errors bad political decisions and military blunders has also contributed to the confusion of what went wrong in Vietnam The beginning of the problems of the Vietnam War began when the United States ignored the unknown Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh was a charismatic patriot determined revolutionary and Communist founded the Vietminh political organization and brought forth the strategy to drive the French out of Vietnam By utilizing Vietnamese nationalism and learning from past uprisings Ho Chi Minh organized a revolution By the spring of 1945 Minh had mass support from North Vietnam and had raised a small army of 5000 men As chance would have it the Japanese moved into Vietnam beat the French and removed them from their control of Vietnam after more than fifty years of Colonial rule Taking advantage of the circumstances that World War II had provided the Vietminh mounted a guerrilla war against the occupying forces of the Japanese The Vietminh did have some minor assistance of a US Intelligence officer and were given approximately five thousand weapons to be used against the Japanese Within a few weeks the Japanese city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an Atomic bomb and along with it the Japanese military Shortly after the fall of the Japanese the French puppet emperor of Vietnam Bao Dai renounced his throne and fled to his mansion in the French Riviera Ho Chi Minh organized ready and armed seized the opportunity and filled the void created by circumstance Ho Chi Minh now controlled the Northern part of Vietnam Several of the Vietnamese colonies were among the richest and most
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