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Arjun Rajesh
9/23/2009

If you ask me I think that the Americans had no business going into the Vietnam war. They went in because their "friends" the French were fighting in it. The other reason was that they went in is because they were super paranoid that it Vietnam became a communist nation they would decide to join the soviets and add one more enemy to the list (THIS DID NOT HAPPEN). I find this unacceptable. Wasting men and money on a theory is just unnacceptable. Especially when there are bigger fish to fry (Russians). They cannot afford to waste resources on some country (not nearly as powerful as ours) that has no wish to kill us when there is another country (as powerful as ours) with no hesitiation to kill us.

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Molly Buring
9/23/2009

The war against Vietnam and the US was from 1959 to 1975. It was the longest war we've ever faught in, and it was also the first war we've lost. But we got involved in the war because of many things. One thing was to stop the spread of communism around Southeast Asia. America thought that if the "communist forces" would make Vietnam communist too, then more and more nations would become communist also. Also, when France was pulled out of Vietnam, the US felt it was their duty to stop Ho Chi Minh from making Vietnam a communist country.

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Jessica Reed
9/23/2009

The Vietnam War, one of the most controversial wars, was brought upon America for many reasons. First, the American government was afraid of communism. The government was frightened by the idea of something different, or out of the ordinary. Plus, the possible spread of communism was a terrifying thought also. The second reason America got involved in the Vietnam War was because America felt a strong tie to their allies, the French.

I personally think that getting involved in the war was absurd. No matter how afraid a government is of something or has a strong friendship, they should think of what they're risking when trying to prevent a mere idea.

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Miss Geer
9/29/2009

I really appreciate how Arjun and Jessica provide a personal response. I think Jessica brings up an excellent point, did the American Government not consider the possible risks? Like the fact that we could lose? What do you think, why do you think the American government felt so confident about a quick defeat in Vietnam? Why did they assume it would be an easy success?

Overall, good work, but I need to see more research-remember, strive for at least three sources.

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Molly Buring
10/2/2009

I think that America thought it would be an easy war because we were on the south's side. And since we were already good with half of the country, they thought the north would surrender faster. Even though France backed out fast, we thought we were strong enough to get the North to back out first.
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http://www.ask.com/bar?q=what+was+jfk's+role+in+the+vietnam+war%3F&page=1&qsrc=19&ab=2&title=John%20F.%20Kennedy:%20Vietnam%20War&u=http://www.lycos.com/info/john-f-kennedy--vietnam-war.html

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Molly Buring
10/2/2009

I think that we got involved in the war because we were already on half the country's good side. And since France backed out fast, we thought North would either care less, or maybe back out first. And like even though we were only in the war to help the South, we still wanted to win. Kennedy said that it is there war, we should let them win it, but we can help.

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http://www.ask.com/bar?q=what+was+jfk's+role+in+the+vietnam+war%3F&page=1&qsrc=19&ab=2&title=John%20F.%20Kennedy:%20Vietnam%20War&u=http://www.lycos.com/info/john-f-kennedy--vietnam-war.html

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Arjun Rajesh
10/2/2009

I think America hax good reason to feel confident. America is a massive and powerful country with many allies. Vietnam is a tiny country with no allies. Anyone would expect an American "whitewash." However, Vietnam had two advantages. One is that they are fighting for something that they truly believe in. America is not. However, the big one is that Vietnam has the home turf which at first does not sound like very much at first. However, the Viet Cong were able to pull many tricks and tactics. They were able to do this because they new the forests like nobody else. The term they used is guerrila warfare. Also I think that America underestimated their opponents. I know if I was in that situation I probably would be puffed up and overconfident. I also would have made some pompous mistakes. I think America did this too.

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