According to the reading, “The Columbia History of the Vietnam War”; President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of State George C. Marshall could not provide a clear American policy regarding the Indochina War between the French and Viet Minh. Because of the lack of an American policy, the United States was dragged into the conflict in 1950 with the objective of preventing Soviet influence in Vietnam. The United States felt it was imperative to prevent Vietnam from falling under Soviet control especially since the United States and the Soviet Union were battling each other during the Cold War. Additionally, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, the United States recognized the French backed state of Vietnam. This support continues during the early 1950s during President Truman administration. With support from the United States along with Great Britain, funding was provided to the Bao Dai government. President Truman provided the Bao Dai government with $15 million dollars in aid
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