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Unformatted text preview: by a desire for power, which it achieved through a marriage of convenience with the US. America wanted an ally to fight communism, and the South Vietnamese needed America to support and defend the government. It seemed like there was little interest in the war in the South, and very few people actually knew what they were fighting for. Many of the complaints about the ARVN were that they would often retreat from combat without putting up much of a fight (kind of like the Iraqi Army and police today). This was because most South Vietnamese soldiers were drafted, and paid very little. It amazed me how long the war dragged on when the people we were supposedly fighting for didnt want us there, and we didnt want to be there....
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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.
- Summer '09
- Vietnam War