Indeed, it became an article of faith that the most shameful aspect of the vietnam war was the nation's failure to embrace and honor its returning soldiers of course, there was a truth to the. The causes of the vietnam war andrew j rotter m ost american wars have obvious starting points or precipitating causes: the battles of lexington and concord in 1775, the capture of fort sumter in 1861, the attack on pearl harbor in 1941, and the north korean invasion of south korea in june 1950, for example. The vietnam war was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam against south vietnam and its principal ally, the united states. Background on the vietnam war for many people, the vietnam war is a black mark on american history beginning in the mid-1950s, the united states became increasingly involved in southeast asia.
American involvement in vietnam began during world war ii, increased in the 1950s and reached its peak in the late 1960s the united states' interest in asia escalated in late 1941, after japanese planes attacked pearl harbour and washington responded by declaring war on japan. One can name a lot of reasons why the united states of america lost the famous vietnam war to my mind, one of the most important reasons was that as a nation, the usa has never waged a war conflict in such setting as the opponent country of that time. George herring, in his book lbj and vietnam: a different kind of war, gives a good, pragmatic explanation of the failure of american intervention according to herring the main cause for the american troubles was the character of the war.
The failure of the invasion turned what americans had imagined as an easy, lucrative offensive war into a defensive struggle it dealt a major setback to the vision, cherished by americans, of a. Wars (and the battles that are integral to wars) are determined by mett: mission, enemy, troops, terrain) vietnam was not a peninsula as korean had been, during the korean war (1950-1953. The vietnam war: reasons for failure - why the us lost that the responsibility for the ultimate failure of this policy [america's withdrawal from vietnam] lies not with the men who fought.
Cold war (1947-1991) - many of the maneuvers during the cold war can be seen as defensive or preemptive one specific example is the failed bay of pigs invasion, when us forces attempted to invade cuba in order to prevent the establishment of nuclear warheads there. A failure in strategy: america and the vietnam war 1965-1968 5 funding numbers n/a 6 author(s) major james m bright 7 performing organization name(s) and address(es) usmc command and staff college 2076 south street, mccdc, quantico, va 22134-5068 8 performing organization report number none 9 sponsoring/monitoring agency name(s) and address(es) same as #7. During wwii, the french were expelled from vietnam by japan, which occupied vietnam for most of the war, until the us victory ho chi mihn and his allies assisted us army intelligence in the war against the japanese.
David l anderson the vietnam war was the longest deployment of us forces in hostile action in the history of the american republicalthough there is no formal declaration of war from which to date us entry, president john f kennedy's decision to send over 2,000 military advisers to south vietnam in 1961 marked the beginning of twelve years of american military combat. America lost south vietnam because it was an artificial construct created in the wake of the french loss of indochina because there never was an organic nation of south vietnam, when the us discontinued to invest military assets into that construct, it eventually ceased to exist. The vietnam war (vietnamese: chiến tranh việt nam), also known as the second indochina war, and in vietnam as the resistance war against america (vietnamese: kháng chiến chống mỹ) or simply the american war, was a conflict that occurred in vietnam, laos, and cambodia from 1 november 1955 to the fall of saigon on 30 april 1975. America lost the vietnam war the moment its leaders chose to refight the last war by surrendering the initiative in the conflict to the north vietnamese jerry d morelock, phd, armchair general editor in chief originally published in the january 2014 issue of armchair general.