America in Vietnam-1

America in Vietnam-1 - Soviets provided support(published a dec of ind for Vietnam after WWII—didn’t work Lead war against French • Ngo Dinh

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AMERICA IN VIETNAM John Kennedy, President 1961-1963 Ho Chi Minh Ngo Dinh Diem Viet Cong Geneva Accords 1954 Lyndon Johnson Robert McNamara Gulf of Tonkin Resolution 1964 Troops in Vietnam: early 1964: 23,000 April 1965: 40,000 more July 1965: 50,000 more June 1966: force level 431,000; call for 200,000 more Living Room War Air War/ Ground War Ecocide Extra Points Domino theory Undeclared war JFK—New frontier, change, movement forward. Claimed legacy of revolution. (Cold War) Bay of Pigs Invasion- April 1961. Believed that there would be regime change-failed. Cuban missile crisis 1962. Eyeball to eyeball with Russians. Dooms day clock closest at this time. After WWII French rule reestablished in indo china. Civil wars ensued. Decided by Geneva Convention of 1954—divided Vietnam in 2 parts 1963 JFK assassinated. Created a moment of national unity. LBJ assumed presidency, made decision to escalate war Ho Chi Minh-North Vietnamese-leader of communist party.
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Unformatted text preview: Soviets provided support. (published a dec of ind for Vietnam after WWII—didn’t work). Lead war against French. • Ngo Dinh Diem—South Vietnamese leader. Educated in Us. Western focused. • Enormous contrast between Kennedy and Johnson. • Robert McNamara—secretary of defense under JFK & LBJ. Perused war in Vietnam. • Nuclear war and fear of WWIII causes us to be cautious • Gulf of Tonkin Incident—Johnson wants to win election. This Incident let him increase presence in war without political consequences. Gulf of Tokin Resolution expanded presidential power. • Living room war—amazing compared to previous coverage of wars. Showed raw footage of Americans. TV helps Kennedy become president, funeral, and shows Americans Vietnam • Vietnam 2 wars-air war and ground war. Air war from b-52 bombers-very devastating, technological, not personal. Ground war is face to face. Don’t know who is the enemy....
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America in Vietnam-1 - Soviets provided support(published a dec of ind for Vietnam after WWII—didn’t work Lead war against French • Ngo Dinh

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