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Unformatted text preview: U.S. Involvement in U.S. Southeast Asia Southeast
By: Jose L. Gonzalez How the U.S. Got Involved Supporting and aiding the French in an effort to stop the spread of communism. The French were defeated because they were not fully committed to “win”. The price of peace had now become a compromise. Because the U.S. was not deeply involved they could not oppose the compromise between communist and anti communist. Deeper Involvement of Southeast Deeper Asia Asia “The new antiCommunist nationalist alternative” his name was Ngo Dinh Diem. Ngo Dinh Diem’s government was formally organized on July 7, 1954. Diem crushed all sources of opposition left over from the Viet Minh. Conflicts in Southeast Asia By 1960 Vietnamese nobles petitioned Diem’s government was said to be a Government bureaucracy that was corrupt and inefficient. In 1961 Edward Landsdale was sent to Vietnam to make an overall study of the situation. He reported that the situation in Southeast Asia was near total collapse. Landsdale also stated that if the policies of the Diem government and its advisers continued to be pursued the country would soon be lost. Diem is Overthrown On November 1, 1963 Ngo Dinh Diem was killed due to a staged coup set up by his generals. The United States now felt the only way to stop the spreading of communism would be by a show of power in South Vietnam. The United States continued to supply and train their army of the Republic of Vietnam. In early August U.S. warships were attacked and President Johnson ordered an immediate Retaliation. Rolling Thunder This operation became known as “Rolling Thunder”. North Vietnam had deliberately made war on the South. America fights an unclear war for the purpose of preserving freedom. The United States involvement in Vietnam was based on keeping Southeast Asia from falling to the communists. ...
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- Spring '09