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Why did America enter the Vietnam War?

This is a discussion about the factors that led the American involvement in Vietnam. The policy of containment is described as well as the build up in Vietnam both of military advisors, war material and soldiers throughtout the 50's, 60's and 70's.

The United States and Russia were allies during World War II. This alliance was based on a shared threat, Nazi Germany, rather than on a shared ideology. As World War II entered its final months it became apparent that the alliance between the USA and Russia was crumbling. When the allies divided up control of Europe, Russia took the eastern part of Europe and as Winston Churchill so eloquently described it...

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow."

-Winston Churchill in a speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri (March 5, 1946)
http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/quotations/churchill_iron_curtain.html

This discussion takes this starting point and goes on to describe America's relationship with the government and people of South Vietnam.

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The United States and Russia were allies during World War II. This alliance was based on a shared threat, Nazi Germany, rather than on a shared ideology. As World War II entered its final months it became apparent that the alliance between the USA and Russia was crumbling. When the allies divided up control of Europe, Russia took the eastern part of Europe and as Winston Churchill so eloquently described it...

"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing ...

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Why did America enter the Vietnam War? What ideological differences were there between the United States and the Soviet Union? Over 570 words of original text along with links to six websites that will provide additional information and documentation.

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