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Korean and Vietnam War Essay

  • Submitted by: lookingglass
  • on January 8, 2013
  • Category: History
  • Length: 384 words

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Throughout American History, the United States has been involved in a multitude of wars with different objectives and results.   The Korean and Vietnam are two such wars that were very similar in that both were the US's attempt to fight communism by waging war in a distant third world country. Both wars were incredibly unpopular in the United States and both led to a lack of victory. In fact, remarkable similarities exist between the Korean War and the Vietnam War; from the US support of a dictatorial and corrupt anti-communist regime to its conception of communism as a monolithic entity, under which all communist nations were necessarily allies, rather than individuals to be dealt with separately. However, despite those parallels, Vietnam era policy-makers did not apply the lessons of the Korean War to the Vietnam War. Rather, they did not seem to recognize those lessons as lessons at all, and repeated in the Vietnam War many of their previous mistakes.
              The decision to engage in war in Vietnam and Korea had its ideological root in the Truman Doctrine which found clear expression in Robert MacNamara's so called "Domino Theory". America reasoned that if first Korea and then Vietnam fell to communists, many other nations in proximity would be at risk (Scherman, p. 1). The US refused to have a policy of appeasement which had allowed Hitler to fortify Germany leading to WWII (Schermanowski, p 75). In both Vietnam and Korea, America fought the forces of communism to keep nations free from Soviet control. This was the goal throughout the presidential administrations of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. Both of these wars were fought for the same reason.
              Many similarities exist between the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The main reason America fought each of these wars was to keep independent nations from succumbing to communist control. If America allowed soviets to take Korea and Vietnam, other parts of Asia would be at stake. Each case...

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