Causes[ edit ] For several centuries, Central Europe was split into a few large- or medium-sized states and hundreds of tiny entitieswhich while ostensibly being within the Holy Roman Empire ruled by the Holy Roman Emperoroperated in a largely independent fashion. When an existing Emperor died seven secular and ecclesiastical princes would elect a new Emperor. Over time the Empire became smaller and by came to consist of primarily German peoples aside from Bohemia, Tyrol, the southern Netherlands and Slovenia.
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On their own, none of these arguments fully satisfy. Contemporary policymakers clearly understood the difficulties of waging a war in Southeast Asia against an enemy committed to national liberation. Yet the faith of these Americans in their power to resolve deep-seated local and regional sociopolitical problems eclipsed the possibility there might be limits to that power.
By asking military strategists to simultaneously fight a war and build a nation, senior U. In the end, the Vietnam War exposed the limits of what American military power could achieve in the Cold War era. Having blunted North Korean and Chinese offensives that killed thousands of soldiers and civilians, the United Nations forces, now under command of General Matthew B.
Ridgway, dug in as both sides agreed to open negotiations.
Though the enemy had suffered heavily under the weight of allied ground and air power, Washington and its partners had little stomach to press northward.
Yet what was the purpose of war and strategy if not the complete destruction of enemy forces? Civilian and military authorities had to set attainable goals and work closely in selecting the means to achieve them. An uncertain end to the fighting in Korea implied there were, in fact, substitutes to winning outright on the field of battle.
How could one fight a national war for survival against communism yet agree to negotiate an end to a stalemated war? Army officers was forced to think about war more broadly. Far from being slaves to conventional operations, officers ascending the ranks in the s to command in Vietnam understood the rising importance of local insurgency movements.
In truth, officers of the day, echoing the recommendations of Harvard professor Henry Kissinger, did not define limited wars in purely military terms.
Rather, they perceived strategic problems as those involving changes in technologies, societies, and, perhaps most importantly, political ideas. In an important sense, the development of strategy for all combatants necessitated attention to multiple layers, all interlaced.
Fears of appearing weak against communism compelled the Johnson White House to escalate in when it looked like Hanoi was making its final bid for Indochinese domination.
As Secretary of Defense Robert S. Asia goes Red, our prestige and integrity damaged, allies everywhere shaken. Clearly, the civil war inside Vietnam was more than just a military problem. Yet in the quest to broaden their conception of war, to consider political and social issues as much as military ones, senior leaders developed a strategy that was so wide-ranging as to be unmanageable.
Rather than a narrow focus on enemy attrition, sheer comprehensiveness proved to be a crucial factor undermining American strategy in Vietnam.
In attempting to both destroy an adversary and build a nation, uniformed leaders overestimated their capacity to manage a conflict that had long preceded American involvement. A near unquestioning faith in the capacity to do everything overshadowed any unease with entanglement in a civil war rooted in competing notions of national liberation and identity.
Westmoreland had been serving in the Republic of Vietnam for eighteen months. As the newly appointed commander of the U. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam MACVthe former West Point superintendent was heir to a legacy of varied strategic initiatives aimed at sustaining an independent, noncommunist foothold in Southeast Asia.
Since the division of Vietnam along the seventeenth parallel inan American military assistance and advisory group MAAG had been training local forces for a threat both externally military and internally political. Yet these same men understood the importance of a steady economy and secure social structure in combating the growing insurgent threat inside South Vietnam.
President Ngo Dinh Diem, struggling to gain popular support for his own social revolution, equally sought ways to secure the population—through programs like agrovilles and strategic hamlets—from a rising communist insurgency.
Yet achieving consensus with and between Americans proved difficult. Staff officers debated how best to balance economic and political development with population security and the training of South Vietnamese forces. Were local paramilitary forces or the conventional army better suited to dealing with these threats?
All the while, a shadow government competed for influence within the countryside. Moreover, as military operations required a solid political footing for ultimate success, an unstable Saigon government further complicated American strategic planning.
He was in a difficult position. Hoping to preserve his domestic agenda but stand strong against communist aggression, Johnson initially hesitated on committing ground troops.
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American Military Strategy in the Vietnam War, – Summary and Keywords For nearly a decade, American combat soldiers fought in South Vietnam to help sustain an independent, noncommunist nation in Southeast Asia.
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Read the following excerpt from the Petrograd Garrison, outlining its resolutions and demands in "The country is on the verge of ruin. The army demands peace, the peasants land, and. total war, and although it is most clearly identified with the Axis in WW II, its influence was very strong in the USA.
Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were strident.