Evolution of US Policy 1945-1954

Evolution of US Policy 1945-1954 - French involvement ended...

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French involvement ended with Dien Bien Phu American involvement in Indochina was gradual Reversal of original policy in some ways o Originally, some US people adopted neutralism, some actually supported Vietminh o But with growth of Cold War tension, policy changed and US began to support French. By 1954, US was actively directing French strategy US didn’t feel French were sufficiently committed Franklin Delano Roosevelt Some claim that if he had lived, he would have prevented the French from returning to Indochina, sparing the West 30 years of warfare Others claim that his policy already contained the seeds of later American commitment, so it didn’t matter. Sensed that old-style imperialism was dead after WWII Disliked colonialism, embedded in American liberal tradition 1943, FDR told son “I’ll work to inhibit French colonialism.” Felt French hurt the progress of Vietnam Thought Vietnam needed full independence Sympathy for nationalist cause
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