Vietnam, 1950-1975 (11-20)

Vietnam, 1950-1975 (11-20) - o Ends up to be a tactical...

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The “Johnson Treatment” o Took military units from Europe to wage war in Vietnam o After Kennedy’s death o Johnson escalates the war o Pushes welfare and medicare Cost money o Promotes good programs but tends to get his way by brown beating politicians (bullying) Weird sense of intimidation o Robert McNamara CEO of ford Left for Secretary of defense Liked statistics (didn’t pay attention to other things) Kill ratio o 1967 – 500,000 American troops were sent to Vietnam Problem w/ Weapons o Helicopters had little armor o M16 was not as reliant as the AK-57 William Westmoreland o Thought we would wear them out o End of 1967 people began to wonder why we were still there o Johnson didn’t want to get China involved so he stays back from North Vietnam o 1968 North Vietnam and supporters in the South on one of their holidays attacked all out on the US
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Unformatted text preview: o Ends up to be a tactical failure 8 out of 10 soldiers dies o Politically turns the US against the war effort o Makes Westmoreland look dumb for saying that he could see the light at the end of the tunnel The Election of 1968 o (R) Richard Nixon won Promised a secret plan to end the war o Hubert H. Humphrey (D) o Vietnamisation The ARVN (the army of SV) were to be trained, strengthened, and brought up by the US army To fight against NV Nixon continued to bomb NV so they come to surrender o Brings them to the table 1969-1973 US takes troops out of NV March 29 th 1973 January 27 th 1973 sign treaty (cease fire) 1975 NV launch a full scale attack on SV April 30, 1975 o Tanks of NV take over the capital of SV 2 million died on both sides US lost the war...
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