The Pointless War: The Vietnam War

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It is known that the U.S does not hesitate when sending out American soldiers to solve foreign problems, even when the issue does not jeopardize American security. Vietnam, "The Pointless War", caused the country to lose over 58,000 American military personnel, and according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, published by the National Coalition for the Homeless, 47% of homeless veterans served during the during the Vietnam Era(3). Global Engagement, or world policing, has shown to have more negative effects than positive ones. Nations should have the right to sort out their own problems. The American practice of Global Engagement only serves to kill civilians and undermine the country they invade.
The Vietnam War, or the Second Indochina
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As a result, rage was built up within a majority of the soldiers and a lack of interests. Soldiers also had to face a very harsh weather, totally unlike what was in the US. Their life was divided into long intervals of having to do nothing but fend against the weather and the rough environment and short unpredictable intervals of actual battle with the enemy. They saw the Vietnamese as people who were colluding with the Viet Cong and trying to harm the soldiers. This feeling led to all the atrocities that American soldiers committed against the Vietnamese. The tough life that soldiers had and the lack of acknowledgement of their hardships both by those they were protecting as well as by people in America, who thought of the soldiers as drug addicts and losers created a deep sense of frustration among almost all the soldiers who were posted in Vietnam (Harold G. Joseph L …show more content…
Nations should be allowed to sort out their own issues. Declaring yourself the compassionate tyrant of the world and holding nations at gunpoint if they do not live up to American expectations is plain madness. Some would argue we needed to help Vietnam, but it was civil distribute and the U.S had no business being there. If the US hadn't involved itself, the war most likely wouldn't have stretched on for as long as it did, and millions of lives wouldn't have been sacrificed in the name of the government policy. America had no business involving itself in the affairs of other nations, and, as the French influence in South Vietnam was barely present, the excuse of protecting allies wasn't valid. Therefore, should the U.S, with its enormous military might, act as a global