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Originally posted by stumason
Another argument they may use, probably similar to the "stopping commies" one, is to support a democratic Government.
The SV where far from democratic, with the SV leader being very autocratic and borderline dictator. But apparently better than the commies, according to propaganda.....
Suggest you do some Internet googling and see what you turn up.
The US involvement in Vietnam was a logical, if not inevitable, out-growth of a world view and policy, a policy of containment, that Americans in and out of government accepted without serious question for more that two decades.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Well, that was the primary reason. This quote below is written by one of the most knowledgeable historians of the Vietnam War living today, George C. Herring. It is also mentioned in his book entitled America's Longest War and is one of the best objectively written books to date on the US involvement in Vietnam and on the Vietnam War, in general:
The US involvement in Vietnam was a logical, i not inevitable, out-growth of a world view and policy, a policy of containment, that Americans in and out of government accepted without serious question for more that two decades.
Learning From Tragegy
The Wrong Kind of Loyalty--McNamara's Apology for Vietnam
George C. Herring's America's Longest War
These links above might help you in what you seek.
The three pro-involvement arguments would all lead to the same conclusion: Policy of Communist Containment
1) The failure of the US to prevent China from falling under Communism.
Truman was blamed for this and it was used to bolster the arguments for Communist containment in Southeast Asia.
2) Domino Effect: in essence, was the theory or politcal belief that with the fall of China to Communism, that Communism would spread [world revolution theory] into Southeast Asia.
Ho Chi Minh was a Communist--started the first Communist Party in France--and was thus viewed as a dis-stabilizing effect. The US had been helping France to regain their colonial possession of Vietnam, along with their desire to regain those colonial possessions that they lost because of WWII. With the events of Dien Bien Phu, the US saw no choice but to enter on France's side against Communism and Ho Chi Minh. The total picture was that if Vietnam fell to Communism, then the whole of Southeast Asia would fall to Communism.
3)The US propped a democratic government in Diem and thus agreed and committed to supporting a free and democratic South Vietnam. This would lead to the US gradual escalation.
Again, all three point to one: a policy of containment.