After reading the lectures, I was amazed by how little trust there was between any of the groups involved in the war, but there was good reason for this. Initially, America denied that that it was involved in the war, claiming that US soldiers were in Vietnam only as advisors, while in reality they were secretly launching raids into North Vietnam. Although the US initially became involved in Vietnam during the Eisenhower administration, JFK greatly expanded the war as a result of the domino theory that stated if Vietnam was allowed to fall to the communists, the rest of Southeast Asia would follow like dominos. As the war grew more intense during the Johnson administration, many high level officials began to disagree with our presence in Vietnam, and concluded that the war was unwinnable. Although there had already been a good amount of opposition to the war among pacifists, students and radicals, the Tet Offensive in 1968 was the turned the tide of public opinion against the war. After reporting on the intense
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2010 for the course HIST 095 taught by Professor J.moore during the Summer '09 term at Vermont.