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Why was the Vietnam War important?
Simply so, why was the Vietnam War important to US history?
It was the first war to come into American living rooms nightly, and the only conflict that ended in defeat for American arms. The war caused turmoil on the home front, as anti-war protests became a feature of American life.
Likewise, what was the outcome of the Vietnam War? The outcome of the Vietnam War was humiliation for the United States. America had originally entered the war to prevent the Communist North Vietnamese and their guerrilla allies in the South from taking over the whole country. Despite the vast expenditure of blood and treasure, that aim was never realized.
Similarly one may ask, what was the purpose of the Vietnam War?
During the war years, America's leaders insisted that military force was necessary to defend a sovereign nation — South Vietnam — from external Communist aggression. As President Lyndon B. Johnson put it in 1965, “The first reality is that North Vietnam has attacked the independent nation of South Vietnam.
Why was the Vietnam war different?
Ostensibly, we fought the Vietnam War to keep the southern part of the country--tenuously democratic (but with rigged elections)--from becoming part of the communist north. Another aspect that was unique to this war is that we generally did not take, occupy, and control land--our strategy was to kill the enemy.