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Vietnam: In Rerospect and Iraq

Vietnam: The Political, Sociological and Psychological Implications

This week you find out that not everyone was against the war in Vietnam. There were diverse opinions about the war and America's involvement just as there are diverse opinions about America�s involvement in Iraq. For this project, pretend you are a sociologist who has been invited to a college classroom to give a presentation on the similarities and differences between the war in Iraq that began in 2003 and the Vietnam War. Include the following issues:

1. The role of the media
2. Actions/reactions of the public
3. The official story given to the public by the government about why the U.S. engaged in these two wars
4. The influence of each war on daily life
Create a PowerPoint slide presentation of approximately 15 slides using a minimum of 4 references that include course material, reliable internet references and the Kaplan library. Use the notes section on Power Point to provide enough information to demonstrate your knowledge of each of the 4 points above as well as similarities and differences between these two wars. The first slide of your presentation is your title slide and the last slide is your reference slide. notes section should have APA formatted citations

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Thank you for posting today. It is my goal to provide ideas, definitions, research help, and instructions on how you, the student, should approach the assignment.

First, I would like to start with Robert McNamara's 1995 book, In Retrospect, about the Vietnam War. His 11 mistakes from that war are:

"We misjudged then -- and we have since -- the geopolitical intentions of our adversaries . . . and we exaggerated the dangers to the United States of their actions.

We viewed the people and leaders of South Vietnam in terms of our own experience. . . . We totally misjudged the political forces within the country.

We underestimated the power of nationalism to motivate a people to fight and die for their beliefs and values.

Our judgments of friend and foe alike reflected our profound ignorance of the history, culture, and politics of the people in the area, and the personalities and habits of their leaders.

We failed then -- and have since -- to recognize the limitations of modern, high-technology military equipment, forces and doctrine. . . . We failed as well to adapt our military tactics to the task of winning the hearts and minds of ...

Solution Summary

The solution talks about the differences between Vietnam and Iraq, and quotes from Robert McNamara's book, "In Retrospect". The solution also includes significant commentary by the OTA in response to each question in the assignment.