It's a complicated answer and really depends more on the sort of question you're trying to answer the us didn't lose the war in the classic sense of the north vietnamese were not able to force a conclusion favorable to their own war aims ( unification of vietnam), while the us war aims were broadly met. For many people, the vietnam war is a black mark on american history beginning in the mid-1950s, the united states became increasingly involved in southeast asia, leading to nearly two decades of american support, and ultimately conflict, in vietnam beginning with the american revolution, the united states had. North vietnam the us army had superior conventional weapons but they were ineffective against a country that was not industrialized and an army which employed guerrilla tactics and used the dense jungle as cover. Andrew jefferson coursework candidate no 9091 why did the us lose the vietnam war the us lost the vietnam war for many reasons in this short essay i will write about the reasons to the united states 'failure' in vietnam although there were many reasons i cannot mention all of them, so i have detailed the most. Answer by tony morse, managing partner, spatial analysis group: basically because the vietnamese wanted to win more than the americans did there were.
The united states involvement in vietnam started when the vietnamese were fighting the french for independence from the year 1945 up until 1975 the united states had a role in lives of many vietnamese and americans this war was consisted north vietnam, south vietnam and the americans after the. The vietnam war and active us involvement in the war began in 1954, though ongoing conflict in the region had stretched back several decades after ho's communist forces took power in the the french loss at the battle ended almost a century of french colonial rule in indochina the subsequent treaty signed in july. The vietnam war also known as the second indochina war, and in vietnam as the resistance war against america or simply the american war, was a conflict that occurred in vietnam, laos, and cambodia from 1 november 1955 to the fall of saigon on 30 april 1975 it was the second.
By every traditional measure, the united states “won” the vietnam war yet, by 1976, south vietnam, laos and cambodia were communist how did this happen. To be accurate, japan did not seize vietnam as we conceive of vietnam today it seized french indochina, that region of sporadic clashes erupted between the british and viet minh, with the viet minh losing badly, while french forces reasserted the colonial regime by march 1946, the british were gone. The tet offensive had ambitious objectives: cause a mass uprising against the government, collapse the south vietnamese army, and inflict mass casualties on us forces the men in the hanoi politburo—knowing the war's real center of gravity was in washington —hoped the attack ultimately would sap.
A diverse collection of sources design to help student understand the factors behind the us 'defeat&' focus 1: us military weaknesses 2: vietnamese strengths 3: the battle for hearts and minds 4: us public opinion. Not until 1995 did vietnam release its official estimate of war dead: as many as 2 million civilians on both sides and some 11 million north vietnamese and viet cong fighters the us military has estimated that between 200,000 and 250,000 south vietnamese soldiers died in the war in 1982 the vietnam veterans.
We had an open door and a 100% chance of destroying communism, but we didn't have the permission the united states did lose the vietnam war they were not able to overthrow communism which was their aim as presented to the public pulling out is a loose term for admitting defeat the vc were. The vietnam war displayed the limits of us military power - 58,000 americans died, millions of vietnamese were killed decades later, the us is again trying to extract itself from costly wars spencer kimball reports vietnamkrieg cliff riley watched saigon fall on television he had volunteered for the us.
By dr arthur bernstein the us did not necessarily lose the war in vietnam as much as they failed to win this war they did not overthrow communism. The united states intervention in vietnam is seen by the world as america's greatest loss and longest war before the start of the war in vietnam, the thought of the united states losing this war was unheard of because america was technologically superior, no country in south east asia could contend with them lyndon b.
In vietnam i did a great deal of field research on viet cong terrorism and assassination, and while a fellow at stanford i played a leading role in the debate over whether there would be a “bloodbath” if we abandoned our allies harrison salisbury of the new york times asked me to write an op-ed for the times on this. When somebody asks about winning or losing vietnam, they are usually thinking in terms of fighting and casualties and here is where defining loss in vietnam becomes difficult in terms of fighting effectiveness and casualties, the us did not lose the war in vietnam us troops suffered just over 48,000. In vietnam, however, the americans were determined to implement a strategy that avoided what they perceived as the principal mistake that had turned the korean it meant that us military commanders were never given a mission to win the vietnam war, but only to prevent south vietnam from losing it. The us did not win the war (as somebody put it) simply because they were not determined to fight to the end on the contrary, vietnamese never gave up we understand the fact that we can never defeat the whole us army because it's just impossible all we wanted is to regain our independence and it became very simple.
The us didn't lose the war militarily, but politically the us involvement in vietnam did help stop communism from spreading to thailand and singapore the goal was to stop the spread of communism in southeast asia which the us technically did i am a strong believer in the domino effect, and because of that i. Jump ahead a decade and americans had already found an appealing formula for commemorating the war it turned out to be surprisingly simple: focus on us, not them, and agree that the war was primarily an american tragedy stop worrying about the damage americans had inflicted on vietnam and. Depends on how you define lost - but the general consensus is that the us did indeed lose. In the vietnamese case, of course, the rescue was so incomplete and the defeat so total that many americans concluded their country had “abandoned” its cause and “betrayed” its allies by focusing on the gloomy conclusion, however, you could at least stop dwelling on the far more incriminating tale of the.