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Vietnam & Korean War

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The overall goal of going to war with both Vietnam and Korea was to wipe out communism and prevent it from spreading to any more countries.
Vietnam & Korean War
V-1955-1975 & K-1950-1953
Was it an achievable goal? Is it measurable?
Could we have won?
What were the costs economically and physically?
With the new title of World Superpower, what are our responsibilities? Why is it so important to live up to the title?
"It includes establishing and maintaining diplomatic relations with other countries and international organizations such as the United Nations and the Organization of American States. It includes peacekeeping functions such as working with allies to assure regional and international security and arms-control efforts. It covers a range of international economic issues including trade, travel, and business. It involves foreign aid and disaster relief. As a superpower, the United States has also taken a leadership role in peacemaking around the globe by trying to negotiate treaties and agreements to end regional conflicts. Also, as a world leader, the United States has a longstanding role in trying to address international economic and environmental problems."

What is communism and how does it affect people in the regime?
Communism is a branch of socialism. It is intended to make everyone middle-class citizens. The government decides on how much to produce. It's bad because it can lead to overproduction or underproduction.
Why were we there?What were we trying to resolve?
The United States went to both Korea and Vietnam to try to maintain government control. We wanted to prevent areas from falling under the control of communism.
The US, however, was not in a direct or indirect threat of communism.
Who was oppressed and in what way?
Could the southern regions have handled it on their own?
What did we gain from Vietnam and Korea?
Conclusion
Some Sources
http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe50s/life_08.html
https://www.legion.org/magazine/213233/why-we-went-war-vietnam
http://www.koreanwar-educator.org/topics/p_cost_war.htm
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22926.pdf
http://www.debate.org/opinions/was-the-vietnam-war-justifiable
http://www.history.com/news/8-things-you-should-know-about-the-korean-war
http://www.crf-usa.org/war-in-iraq/foreign-policy.html
For the Vietnam war, if we had successfully cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail inside Laos, North Vietnam could not have won the war. For the Korean War, if our negotiations went better, we could have solved things. But we also could have ultimately bombed them.
Was it worth it? No! Not only did we come to a stalemate in Korea, we lost in Vietnam. There were thousands of casualties and billions of dollars thrown towards both wars. The Vietnam War was intended to help prevent the spread of communism, The United States was never in any threat of communism. All the war did was expose Americans to illnesses, Agent Orange, napalm, and jungle rot. We also had horrible acts committed against innocent Vietnamese.


The defense department says the Vietnam War cost about $173 billion ($770 billion in 2003) & the Korean War cost $15 billion.
Spending on the Vietnam war hurt the U.S. balance of trade, and that led to an international money crisis and threat to U.S. gold reserves in 1967-1968.
In Korea, including American battle casualties, there was 24,965 dead, 101,368 wounded, 2,938 captured, 8,476 missing, and 1,525 previously reported captured or missing and since returned to duty.


Anyone that was against their country, criticized the government, promoted Democratic reforms, or seeking religious freedom were oppressed.
They were punished with tear gas, rocks, and clubs.
Korea would have been able to defend themselves without our aid. Their military was strong and well-trained during the war-time. We were even removing our troops from South Korea before the invasions in the North started.
It's also possible Vietnam could have defended themselves.

The "benefit" was that we did not want another country and possibly an entire region to go communist. The military used VN as a testing ground for new weapons and learned an amazing amount about field medicine.
Not only would we become allies, but we would have access to their resources and vice-versa. We would also be able to borrow troops in times of need.
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