Why did we stay in Vietnam so long?

A reason why we stayed in Vietnam was that, after he ended the draft and pulled most of MACV out of Vietnam, it was costing the Soviets a whole lot more to sustain their support of North Vietnam than it did for America just to let it play out the way it did.

Why did the United States stay in Vietnam for so long?

This had happened in Eastern Europe after 1945. China had become communist in 1949 and communists were in control of North Vietnam. The USA was afraid that communism would spread to South Vietnam and then the rest of Asia. It decided to send money, supplies and military advisers to help the South Vietnamese Government.

Why did the US fail in Vietnam?

America “lost” South Vietnam because it was an artificial construct created in the wake of the French loss of Indochina. Because there never was an “organic” nation of South Vietnam, when the U.S. discontinued to invest military assets into that construct, it eventually ceased to exist.

Why did Vietnam War last so long?

It ended the way it did because for the North Vietnamese it was an existential war and they were prepared to fight for as long at it took. The US was not, and when public opinion turned against the war, our leaders called it quits. As it was, we lost some 58,000 people and had some 250,000 wounded for a lost cause.

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Was Vietnam really 20 years?

The Vietnam War ended in 1975 after 20 years of fighting and more than 55,000 Americans and between 3 and 4 million Vietnamese dead.

What was seen by many Americans as an escalation of the Vietnam War?

The 1970 bombing of Cambodia was seen by many Americans as an escalation of the Vietnam War. … After certain events experienced in Cambodia in 1970, President Nixon took action to attack North Vietnamese Headquarters and Bases inside Cambodia with Air and Ground Forces.

What dangers did American soldiers face in Vietnam?

Discipline problems and ‘fragging’

Disillusionment with the war was coupled with psychological trauma. Most US soldiers who had spent time ‘in country’ had seen fellow servicemen, sometimes their friends, killed or disfigured by sniper fire, mines or booby traps.

Why was fighting in Vietnam so difficult?

Explanation: Firstly most of the war was fought as a guerrilla war. This is a type of war which conventional forces such as the US army in Vietnam, find notoriously difficult to fight. … The Americans, laden down with conventional weapons and uniform were not equipped to fight in the paddy fields and jungles.

Who lost the Vietnam War?

Those who argue that the United States won the war point to the fact that the U.S. defeated communist forces during most of Vietnam’s major battles. They also assert that the U.S. overall suffered fewer casualties than its opponents. The U.S. military reported 58,220 American casualties.

Is Vietnam still communist?

Government of Vietnam

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a one-party state. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, replacing the 1975 version. The central role of the Communist Party was reasserted in all organs of government, politics and society.

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Why didn’t the US invade North Vietnam?

Why didn’t the US just roll over North Vietnam and occupy the entire country? The military was afraid of a repeat of Korea. US leadership knew that if a full scale invasion was launched, the Chinese and possibly the Russians would retaliate; Beijing made this very clear.

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