Why did the USA fail in the Vietnam War?
- Old Man DirtLv 73 months agoFavorite Answer
During WWII the US armed Ho Chi Mnih to fight the occupying army of Japan. This provided him with weapons and training that he used against the French occupation armies. The result was he became a national hero assured what ever side he took would win a popular election.
Compounding the problem was LBJ's micromanaging the military efforts in South Vietnam. Operations that should have taken place he kept from taking place. Operations that should have been left undone he made the military do. Similar to actions of Truman that kept the US from winning the war in Korea.
Lastly the press brought the war into everyone's living room. Every one of us knew a person who died in "nam" and we all had friends who were draft dodgers.
Now here is the strange part- Vietnam is no longer the communist country it was in 1973. It has entered into the world of capitalism and exports products to the world now. In many ways it has become what the US was fighting for it to be back in the sixties and seventies. The war that could not be won with bullets was won through a trade war. If you prefer commerce achieved what military force could not.
- FLv 62 months ago
They didn’t have the British to help them.
- Anonymous3 months ago
They supported a very unpopular regime (and JFK knew this!) and Americans are foreigners. And nobody likes foreign invaders in their country, meddling in the affairs of the natives. For the Vietnamese it was like colonialism. Would American people like Russian or Chinese soldiers on American soil?
- Salty dogLv 63 months ago
They were trying to fight an ideology with weapons.
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- Dj2541Lv 73 months ago
The incorrect application of over whelming military power and might?
Didnt learn from the French.
Didnt listen to advice from other allies. It would have been useful to the Americans to have taken on board the advice of the Australians who had been fighting and winning in Jungles for the previous 20 years?
The classic T.V interview between an American General and an Australian one.The American raged on how they were going to wipe out the enemies "Lurking" in the jungles in the American controlled provinces of Vietnam.The Australians answer was that in the Australian controlled provinces "WE, the Australians, do the Lurking".
- ElaineLv 73 months ago
There are many reasons for the US failure in Viet Nam. There was no political will to fight an unwinnable war. Westmoreland was denied the weapons that he requested. The US did not learn from the French experience in the Indochina War. Diem was an unpopular leader who tried to be a dictator and the average Vietnamese saw the US as supporting a dictator. Some of us can remember seeing news clips of Buddhist monks immolating themselves on the streets of Saigon as a protest against Diem and Mme Ngu. Then there are the military tactics to be considered. The US used conventional warfare whereas the Viet Cong were apt students of "The Art of War". US troops used Agent Orange on villages and many innocent people were killed. This turned many Viet Namese against the US. Until Walter Cronkite broadcast images from what was actually happening there had been wide spread support for the war BUT after the American population saw these images the mood of the country changed to not supporting this war.
- nonpartisanLv 63 months ago
They didn't - their goals were successful. Create a drug trade.
- The TaxpayerLv 73 months ago
- samiamrdLv 73 months ago
Because president Johnson would not let us go in there an nuke the support for the cong back to the stone age. Gee, why would anyone believe that stabilization forces which the french instituted actually work? The french were 0:2 at the time!!!!! No winning strategy there...Source(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9DO26O6dIg
- L. E. GantLv 73 months ago
It was a war that was not winnable with armies and advanced weaponry -- they'd have lost even if they had used a nuclear bomb. And the Vietnamese were not willing to go the same way as Korea.
the USSR (Russia) learned a similar lesson in Afghanistan (and relearning it in a few other places). And the USA will relearn in the rest of the middle east....
- Anonymous3 months ago
The Vietnamese made use of their knowledge of the terrain, specifically hiding in trees, to gain a tactical (#fixed) advantage.