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US Justification for Actions in South Vietnam

Vietnam played such a large role in the history of America, particularly in the 1960's and 1970's, that it is easy to forget that we were involved in that country the decade previous.

Beginning in the 1950s, maintaining a non-Communist South Vietnam became crucial in American efforts to contain communism.

What was the nation's justification for its actions in South Vietnam in the 1950s and its determination to abide by the outcome of free elections there only if those elections yielded a non-Communist leader?

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The bottom line to the U.S. involvement in South Vietnam was based on Containment Policy, of course instituted by Eisenhower. The fear of the 50's was that of communism, yes, but the fear was based on the supposition of an allegory, namely that communism was as a viral plague. There was no cure for it that would not also claim lives of those not "infected," and the ...

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