Returning GI's had left one war, and returned home to another one. The military draft (40,000 men a month) had fed the flames of protests and riots, and reached it's apex with the killing of four college students at Kent State University in Ohio on 04 May 1970 (memorialized by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, (and Young) with..."OHIO"). One of the best ways to lose a war, is by fighting one on TWO FRONTS; Fighting one war in Vietnam, and fighting another one on the home front; we had a divided nation. The Communists had used one of the classic rules of war: Divide and Conquer.
The movement corresponded with the military draft. When the draft got stronger, the protesters got more violent.
Anti-war movement=Anti-draft movement
No, the US was committed to not losing, which was entirely different then winning. It was never an attempt at winning a war, just deny the North a victory and prop up the South.
USA Gen's Paul Harkins until 1964; Westmoreland from '64-'69; Abrams '69-'73. Tet was in '68. USA=US Army
He feared a communist takeover in Southeast Asia if the United States left Vietnam. He believed in the plausibility of the domino theory; that Communism would continue to spread if allowed to move unchecked throughout the world. His decided that it was less costly to escalate the war and get it over with. Unfortunately, he was wrong. Once the US was deeply into the war, he did not want to lose, knowing that it would weaken US prestige in the world and with the American people to give up without winning anything. He believed in the domino theory.
Blockade the Southern ports, to prevent the Confederacy importing war material in exchange for cotton.
Richard Nixon.Let's be honest here. U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ended under Nixon (actually, due to the Congressional pressure, specifically the Case-Church Amendment of 1973), but he hardly stopped the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the final defeat of the South Vietnamese by the North Vietnamese Army forces.
it seemed to prove that America was not winning in Vietnam.
Winning the Vietnam war. Gaining independence from England and becoming a free country.
A "loser's attitude" or a "lack of confidence"; both of which were attributed to not winning the Vietnam War.
According to US Generals, the US was clearly winning in Vietnam, until Tet arrived; then things got a little chaotic, the war got worse...and worse.
It seemed to prove that America was not winning in Vietnam.
American Solutions for Winning the Future was created in 2007.
An all volunteer US Armed Forces as a result of draft resistance and protest.
The British were winning at the beginning.
The North Vietnamese got to do more communism.
The north drove their tanks into the south's capital, winning the war.