Why did the US become involved in military conflict with Vietnam?
There were many stages of escalation from countries accross the globe, leading up to US military involvement in Vietnam.
The events began with the French, who had returned to Vietnam to claim it for their empire after World War 2. It wasn't expected that this would take as long as it did. Incredibly the French were defeated by Ho Chi Mihn's Vietcong army at Dien Bien Phu. The Vietcong sought to promote communism in Vietnam.
Communism was feared in America, the largest capitalist country in the world. The American government felt if one single country became communist, it would eventually…
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