John Kerry's Involvement In The Vietnam War

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John Kerry a Vietnam veteran and now the current Secretary of State in April, 22 1971 gave a testimony to the Senate of Foreign Relations committee on the Vietnam War. He thought that we should no longer be involved in the war get out and bring our men back home. The Vietnam War is the longest war in American history and the most unpopular of the 20th century. The US got involved in Vietnam War after the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 2, 1964 when the North Vietnamese attacked US Navy ships. This incident granted President Lyndon B. Johnson power to start the war and given the opportunity he does. The U.S enters the war by aerial bombing the North Vietnamese and eventually we get boots on the ground. John Kerry at the time a lieutenant in the …show more content…
Though out the testimony he talks about all the things he had learned and experienced in combat. One of those things that he learned was that we joined a civil war where the Vietnamese that we had sculpted after our own image did not have the motivation to fight their threat. Most just wanted be left alone in peace to live their life and didn’t care about communism or democracy, and defiantly didn’t want helicopters and bombs exploding in their farming grounds. This war strongly resembles the war in the Middle East but I digress. He also states on how many casualties we were receiving this excessively true since by the end of the war we had nearly received 60,000 killed in action, over 150,000 wounded, and some 1,600 missing. He also added that blacks had the highest percent of casualties, and that many citizens were being killed as the results of bombs and firefights from the common search and destroy missions. It is reported that nearly 600,000 civilians were killed during the