Vietnam Part 1. The War in Southeast Asia General Causes. A regional power vacuum existed in Southeast after WW II South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia were politically unstable North Vietnam wanted to reunite North and South Vietnam under communist rule
The War in Southeast Asia General Causes
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution Aug ‘64
Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on Aug. 27, 1908. He was selected by John F. Kennedy as the Vice Presidential running mate, together they won the 1960 Presidential election. He became the 36th president of the United States on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. A staunch believer in the use of military force to help achieve the country's foreign policy objectives. Escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War.
US Build-up -- 1965 to 1968
guerrilla war-- they were not prepared
Events Surrounding the Paris Peace Talks
Events Surrounding the Paris Peace Talks (Cont)
-- again little movement occurred
The Fall of South Vietnam
Vietnam Video Discussion
What was the significance of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in August 1964?
What was the purpose of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization?
What was the “graduated response” strategy adopted by the US ’65 and ’68?
A limited warfighting strategy that called for slow and gradual increase in intensity
Based on the premise that the fear of future bombing would bring the North to its senses and stop the fighting -- strategy actually had the opposite effect
Based on the fear that to much would draw the Chinese and the Soviets into the conflict
Uses of Air Power during Vietnam