Vietnam War: Did the Americans expect it to be another Korea situation?
- ProfGene.TogolotLv 72 months agoFavourite answer
The war was very unpopular especially among young people of draft age. It did not seem like our war but a leftover French Colonial conflict.
- larry1Lv 62 months ago
Yes, early on 1964-1966 Americans thought they were going in to save S. Vietnam like they saved S. Korea 12 years before. They knew there would be a N. Vietnam that would be communist just like a communist N. Korea and thought there would be a pro US S. Vietnam just like pro US S. Korea.
The American public and most US policy makers going in had no idea Vietnam was way different from Korea.
Their eyes began to open 1967 when they found after 2 1/2 years war (the length of Korea) the US wasn't winning/ saving anything, were worse off than at the start and the Vietnam situation had never really been like the Korean situation.
- Anonymous2 months ago
No, they expected to win the war.
- EnguerarrardLv 72 months ago
I think the generals did. There's a saying that generals are always fighting the last war, and that was the case then.
As miserable as the winter conditions in Korea were, the ground froze in the winter, and tropical diseases didn't exist. The communists were seen as aggressors by the people in South Vietnam, because they failed to agitate for years before invading. The communists in Vietnam posed as the champions who drove out the Japanese and the overbearing French. Another complicating factor was that the narcotics trade in Vietnam was well established even before WWII, and all the governments were hopelessly corrupt. The American public only knew this if they took the time to examine it.
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- anon99Lv 42 months ago
Americas Go in Believing that because they Are Involved they will win
people say that the Loss of Singapore was bad yes the loss of 90,000 men was bad But the Great General Mcarthur lost 120,000 in the Philippines and hardly gets a mention why? because the USA wrote the History books
- L. E. GantLv 72 months ago
Yes. They expected North Vietnam to be a new (communist) country and thus have another buffer state .