The democratic Republic of Vietnam (pro – USSA) The state of Vietnam (pro – US) 1956 – the referendum planned, canceled by the Souths initiative Communist movement in the South
1961 – 1963: deployment of the US military forces in the State of Vietnam, local conflicts. August, 2 and 4, 1964 – Tonkin Incidents the Southeast Asia Resolution November, 1964 – presidential elections in the USA (Johnson vs Goldwater) 1965 – the beginning of the full-fledged military invasion
1965 – 1969 – search and destroy January 1968 – Tet Offensive severe casualties, changes in american public opinion March 16, 1968 – My Lai Massacre
1968 – new elections, crucial point the beginning of the Vietnamization 1969 – the end of american offencives The end of the war? No! 1970 – does the Domino theory work? (Cambodia) 1972 – the Easter Offensive January 27, 1973 – Paris Peace Accords
Was it worth all the endeavor? the war between the North and the South. April, 30, 1975 – the communists seized the power and established a new government
The opposition. If Americas soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam." Martin Luther King Jr, 1967 "In view of developments since we entered the fighting in Vietnam, do you think the U.S. made a mistake sending troops to fight in Vietnam? No: % % % % % % %
The Hawk versus Dove debate The Student Libertarian Movement Political disagrement LBJ criticism: "Fight the VD, Not the VC!", "Draft beer, not boys, "Eighteen today, dead tomorrow.