Dina W
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Dina W asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

Was President Kennedy ever considered a mass murderer for starting the Vietnam war?

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[edit] John F. Kennedy (1961–1963)

November 1960 — Coup attempt by paratroopers is foiled after Diem falsely promises reform, allowing loyalists to crush the rebels.

20 December 1960 — The National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (NLF) is founded.

January 1961 — Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pledges support for "wars of national liberation" throughout the world. The idea of creating a neutral Laos is suggested to Kennedy.

May 1961 — Kennedy sends 400 United States Army Special Forces personnel to South Vietnam to train South Vietnamese soldiers following a visit to the country by Vice-President Johnson.

June 1961 — Kennedy meets with Khrushchev in Vienna. He protests North Vietnam's attacks on Laos and points out that the U.S. was supporting the neutrality of Laos. The two leaders agree to pursue a policy of creating a neutral Laos.

June 1961 — Kennedy said, "Now we have a problem making our power credible and Vietnam looks like the place"

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  • John H
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    1 decade ago
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    Since he didn't start the war, you don't have a valid question. You need to study your history a little more.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You need to re read your history and back up a few years to 10 April 1956. That is when the last ten thousand French Troops left Saigon. Diem turned his attention to the national elections scheduled for 1956 by the Geneva Accords.

    Diem would never win such an election. Allen Dulles head of the CIA was one who realized that unification was inevitable if the vote was held without UN supervision. Ho with his extensive political apparatus in place would win. In 1956, Dulles sent Eisenhower a report predicting that Ho wold win a landslide victory.

    Another important date: 8 July 1959 -

    Bien Hoa Air Base - Major Dale Buis and Master Sergeant Chester Ovnand were killed by VC.

    Americans were being killed in Vietnam before Kennedy took office.

    Kennedy DID NOT start the war in Vietnam.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can't blame Kennedy for starting the Vietnam War, US Troops first went into Vietnam under President Truman. A little study of History and you will learn that most blames LBJ not for Vietnam but for expanding US involvement in Vietnam. And yes numerous people have called LBJ a murderer.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Whenever I hear Republicans diss JFK for Vietnam, I remind them the Ike was probably the one who really started it, not JFK.

    Then again, if Democrats get too sure of themselves, Truman or FDR, too, probably had a hand in messing up chances with peace in Vietnam much earlier. The real struggle against the French, (when a lot of the tunnels in Cu Chi were dug), goes back to the 1930's, at least, or even the 1880s.

    Source(s): Anyway, the mistake we made in Vietnam was ever getting involved in the first place, but in those days you just had to, or they would assassinate or impeach you.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually if you want to be historically correct our involvement started with Ike who sent "advisers" to Vietnam. But if you are talking about the escalation then You are right it was Kennedy.

    Unfortunately Kennedy was killed pretty early on in our involvement in Vietnam. His Predecessor, President Johnson however was often branded as such by the "Peace groups".

    If anything Kennedy should be blamed for starting the tradition of having "military advisers" in his cabinet who were not military specialists (McNamara). And running wars based on statistics and oppinion polls rather than on solid military advice.

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  • sutkus
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    3 years ago

    The preliminary help from the U. S. went to the Republic of Vietnam while Ho needed us to help him overthrow the French and alter into self reliant, under Truman. Ike sent the 1st advisors, while the French left we purely stepped in and escalated...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Involvement in Vietnam goes much farther back than most people realise. If I remember right the first offical American casualty in Vietnam (then French Indo-China) was an OSS (later the CIA) operative in 1945.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Vietnam fought with all its neighbors for well over 1000 years. It was invaded and fought with China, Burma, etc.

    Then the French came and it fought against them until the Japs invaded and then it fought against them.

    Then the French came back and it fought against them, and when the French left the USA saw a power vacuum that could be filled by the communists so we went in and it fought against us.

    Later it fought against China again and then invaded Cambodia. Right now it is peaceful for the moment, but give them a chance and they will find someone else to go to war against.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Kennedy did not start the Vietnam Conflict. He sent advisers after the Conflict was already underway.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No but Pol Pot was. Kennedy didn't start the Vietnam war. America just poked their nose in where it wasn't needed and some things NEVER change.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Vietnam war was a continuation of the war that the French were fighting in the area (French Indo-China).

    This, in turn was a follow on from previous conflicts.

    Do your research before asking half-baked questions.

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