By the time Nixon took office, U. Gold was an underpriced commodity, as the dollar was overpriced as a currency. Nixon removed to gold standard in the U.
The initial cause for the war was a battle between communist North Vietnam and its southern allies, the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its allies, the key ally being the United States.
The resulting war would end up spanning across nearly two decades and would be costly both financially and in the number of lives lost. Ina report sent to President John F. Kennedy regarding the conditions of the war urged the President to increase the U. The rationale behind U. The belief was if one communist country in Asia fell, others would follow.
With that in mind, the number of U. That number would continue to climb. Infollowing the assassination of President Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson became President of the United States. President Johnson played a key role in sending thousands of combat troops to Vietnam following the torpedo bombing of two U.
With congressional approval, President Johnson ordered the start of Operation Rolling Thunder, regular bombing raids on Vietnamese targets.
Protests Begin As the Vietnam War continued intoopponents to the war started making their disagreement with the war known to anyone who would listen. Boxer Muhammad Ali refused to join the draft because of his disagreement with the war and spent three years in prison.
Across college campuses, the anti-war movement began. As the war raged on protests continued and only increased in size.
Bythe number of people against the war effort increased as the number of U. The War Rages On Despite the protests against the war, the war raged on. Along with the United States, troops from New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand joined South Korea in its battle against throughout the course of the war.
The war leads to invasions in Cambodia in and Laos in The invasions cause further riots and anti-war protests in the U. Peace Inafter nearly two decades of battle, North Vietnam and the United States agreed to a cease-fire following peace talks.
Despite the agreement for a cease-fire, it would not take long for North and South Vietnam to resume fighting.
That battle would end with South Vietnam surrendering to North Vietnam. The Vietnam War was one that spanned nearly 20 years and cost a great deal financially and in loss of life. According to records, 1. That number covers all countries involved, the U. The civilian deaths during the war totaled 1 million.
The lingering effects of the Vietnam War continue to this day. Many soldiers that returned home from the war suffered from PTSD, had medical conditions from battle that led to one or more amputations, thousands were semi or permanently disabled.
Exposure to Agent Orange also caused countless illnesses and deaths in some cases. The Vietnam War was one that many people continue to disagree with while many others will never understand the purpose of the war.It is at the peak of The Cold War that Richard Nixon assumed his position.
He felt the need to change the country’s foreign policy because it is at this time that thousands of American troops were sent to Vietnam. Election of The war in Vietnam exerted crucial influence over the presidential election of Many Americans felt they should support U.S.
foreign policies toward Vietnam wholeheartedly and without public criticism that might give encouragement to America's enemies. Nixon created the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Energy Policy, and supported the Clean Air Act of In addition, he established the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nixon had betrayed the American people’s trust and he was looked at with hate as he grew more unpopular as time went by.
However Nixon’s presidency as a whole was more or less very well done. While he could not fix the problems with the economy and in fact made them worse, it managed to end the problems with North Vietnam.
After I announced this policy, I found that the leaders of the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, and other nations which might be threatened by Communist aggression, welcomed this new direction in American foreign policy. From containment to brinkmanship, to the Truman Doctrine and NATO, Detente had the overall best effect to stop the Cold War.
Starting after the Vietnam War, Detente changed relationships in Europe, calmed down the Cold War, and helped bring back real peace to the world.