Although the front for the Vietnam "conflict" was to stop the spread of communism, in reality we were simply testing new tactics and technologies that we believed would put us well ahead of the USSR if the Cold War went hot. Also it would give us a combat trained officer core that would give the US a massive edge in leadership on the battlefield. That would have been a totally unique advantage mind you. More to the point we used search or seek and destroy tactics to selectively inflict massive casualties in pinpoint conflicts that generally led to huge losses of valuable materiel along with the trained or specialized crews. Unfortunately the US was out to prove a misguided point as well, which for the militarily educated really serves as the only reason to disapprove of the war. We wanted to show the communists that we were willing to sacrifice men and money on a rather "pointless" cause if you will. Had our worst Cold War nightmares come to reality the war would have been anything but pointless, but seeing that it didn't, our willing sacrifice looks as vein as it really was. I fully agree with our war in Vietnam from a Military perspective, but seeing as how it was presented to the public, and remembering all the misguided lies that we're told, it's hard to agree beyond that. To add to all the chaos that the war caused, we had a largely uneducated public in terms of global military conflict, so trying to explain a tactical war to a group that is ignorant to the specific uses of said war is pointless. Especially when there were radical leftist a supporting a mislead public.
The US should have allowed the Vietnam War to play out as a civil war between South Vietnam and the Viet Minh. If the US hadn't involved itself, the war most likely wouldn't have stretched on for as long as it did, and millions of lives wouldn't have been sacrificed in the name of the containment policy. America had no business involving itself in the affairs of other nations, and, as the French influence in South Vietnam was barely present, the excuse of protecting allies wasn't valid.
America made a tragic mistake by involving itself in the Vietnam war. It was simply a civil war among Vietnamese that sucked in American interests due to the larger geopolitics of the Cold War going on at the time. As a result, untold losses occurred among Vietnamese civilians and American troops. All of this under the tragic guise of the "war on communism".
It has no righ to interfere in others work.The US came to the support the faltering French effort to hold on to their colony. The US got involved when the Roman Catholic cardinal Francis Spellman of New York saw that the church's foothold in Saigon was in danger of being lost if a Buddhist regime took over.
While the United States didn't help Hungary when a revolution against communism was taking place and the people were praying for US aid, the South Vietnamese were for communism and the Americans in fact supported a ruthless dictator, which they preferred over communism. There is a difference between Vietnam and Korea as South Koreans wanted American help, and South Vietnamese didn't want it.
They had no reason to be there. Vietnam did not even ask for help. Also, there was a giant anti-war movement going on back home so they weren't making any body happy or proud. It was generally President Nixon's fault because he extended the war just to win and be president, because of his promise to "End" the Vietnam "War"
The few soldiers I know that were in that war have had terrible post traumatic stress.
It was a long hard fought battle that would have better served though avoiding it all together, it hurt the country and caused many problems here at home.
I think the world then and now would have been better if some agreements would have been made during that time with Vietnam instead of going to war with them.
When is war ever justifable? Vietnam was never an offically declared war. It was not worth killing over 50,000 Americans for the sake of patriotism, power, and money. War is not needed to prove any patriotism. The draft was active during this time, too, which took a toll on many families. War hurts everyone. It is not needed to promote patriotism.
What started out as a police action ended up as a 23-year undeclared war that killed 58,000 Americans. It was simply a war for the sake of the military/industrial complex. Eisenhower said that an economy built on war is bound to fail, and that is what the U.S. has become...an economy built on war, where the military/industrial complex controls how we spend our money. There was nothing to gain from the toll that Viet Nam took on our country. It scarred us in ways that can never be healed. Having grown up in the Viet Name era, I can truly so no, this war was not justified for any reason other than to line the pockets of the military industrialists.
I do not believe that the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War was justifiable, but rather a politically motivated strategy and an attempt to gain an edge in the Cold War against the Soviet Union and its communist allies. Vietnam, at no point, served as a viable threat to the United States or its allies.