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Vietnam War

Length of Vietnam War stretched over 12-years of Kennedy, Johnson, and into the Nixon presidency
US and Ho Chi Minh (WWII) US supported Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam as he fought Japan
US and Ho Chi Minh (Post WWII) US supported French as France sought to regain control over its former colony
Start of fighting Fighting broke out between French and Ho Chi Minh (supported by Mao Tse-tung, leader of China)
Dien Bein Phu 1950. French defeated even with American material aid.
Geneva negotiations Divided Vietnam into North and South with Ho Chi Minh in control of North
South leader Ngo Dinh Diem installed by US as leader, never gained popular support in South.
Diem crackdown After crackdown Viet Cong organized to fight against Diwm
American 'advisors' 2,000 advisors sent to South Vietnam during Eisenhower
Kennedy and CIA Kennedy approved CIA coup to overthrow Diem
Johnson and compromise Johnson wasn't interested in compromise
Force buildup under Johnson Started in 1964. 500,000 troops.
Gulf of Tonkin resolution Passed by Congress. Gave Johnson discretion to pursue war.
Tet Offensive Launched by Vietcong in 1968. Offensive shook confidence of military leaders.
American casualties 350,000 American casualties
Cost of War $175 billion spent on war
Created by: lmcaswel