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Unformatted text preview: Michael Joyce November 8, 2007 History 151 Response Paper # 7: Vietnam A very controversial issue that has been speculated for the past few decades is the issue of whether or not the U.S. entering the war in Vietnam was inevitable. The United States’ ideology that it was built on a revolution shined through in its sympathy towards third world countries. (Intro, 269) An important component to the United States’ ideology was its feeling of responsibility to the rest of the world as the top power to end the spread of communism and spread democracy. I feel like the U.S. involvement in Vietnam was inevitable and that H.R. McMaster’s opinion that President Johnson and his advisors failed in their responsibilities is false. The U.S. had a very strong policy against the spread of communism that had been in use since it was originally forged with the Truman administration in the 1940’s. The United States, the world’s greatest power, felt like it had a responsibility to the rest of the...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIST 151 taught by Professor Mcfarland during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).
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