Governmental Failure to Prepare American Culture for Vietnam

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Michael Lok


The Vietnam War is often remembered as a shameful chapter in American history. Marked in schools in history classes as an unpopular war among the American people with domestic protests moving against involvement in Vietnam, and the fact that despite being a leading global power, the US had failed to subjugate a small faraway Asian nation with a far inferior resourced military, all added to the shame. After the shock of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the US government pulled its forces out despite prior conceptions of the offensive’s assured victory. Due to the US government’s poor communication with the American public, the government failed to substantially bolster the American people’s support for the war despite their attempts, and this especially contributed to the decrease of war hawk culture of belligerence following the Tet Offensive.

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