How and why did the National Security State emerge? What were its basic elements?
What was NSC-68? How did it define U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War?
Why did the U.S. go to war in Korea? How did the war begin? What was the outcome of the Korean War?
What were conditions like for the soldiers who had to fight in Korea?
What kind of a war was Truman trying to fight? How did his objectives clash with those of MacArthur? How did MacArthur basically force Truman to fire him?
How did the U.S. get involved in Vietnam? Which western power had colonized Vietnam (Southeast Asia) prior to U.S. involvement there? Why was there Vietnamese resistance to that western power?
What were conditions like for the soldiers who had to fight in Vietnam?
Who was Ho Chi Minh? What did he want? How and why did he become increasingly unpopular with a large segment of the population of South Vietnam? How and why did he become a "problem" for the U.S.?
Who was Ngo Dinh Diem? How and why did he become a "problem" for the U.S.?
What happened at Tonkin Gulf in 1964? Why was it so important? How did President Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam policy change dramatically after the infamous Tonkin Gulf incident?
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