U.S Involvement in the Vietnam War

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Mayra Ramirez
HIST 1302-02
Dr. Britten
July 1, 2015
Essay Assignment #2
The Vietnam War was an unfortunate event compared to other wars in history. Many American soldiers fought for years to break down the communist expansion in the north and the south of Vietnam. American involvement in the Vietnam War brought violence and death to Vietnam which created controversy for the United States’ government and administration. Therefore, the author proposes that the United States should have avoided their participation in the war due to its lack of positive outcome and great disturbance to Vietnam’s society. The United States Senate is used as a source that questioned the bombings in 1966 since it was uncontrolled and killed various innocent Vietnamese citizens. Although it is a primary source, the Senate does have a reason to lie. Government officials obtain knowledge that may be confidential and unavailable to the nation. They may also have to protect certain oaths, personal electoral positions, and their career when delivering news to the public. Therefore, complete honesty is an aspect that is inevitably unobtainable from the government. However, the information they share to the public is empathic and creates controversy amongst the American population towards the violence that “led to the destruction of the Vietnamese society.”
In paragraph 16, the New York Times a secondary source shared just how they felt about the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Of course it is a newspaper and the writers probably have a reason to lie to make their stories more interesting thus more people wanting to purchase a newspaper. However, America takes great pride in our accomplishments and it takes a lot to admit when we are wrong and for multiple people to admit that the United States had no business being there in the first place and accepting responsibility…...

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