Vietnam Day 5

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Vietnam Day 5

  1. 1. Why did the North win?• 1. North fought hard and well• 2. Poor SV leadership• 3. American tactics inappropriate• 4. Long and draining war for the US
  2. 2. Costs to Vietnam• Deaths • SV-685,000 NV-1.5 million • 4x the bombs dropped in WWII • Sprayed jungle-size of Massachusetts • 879,000 orphaned, 730,000 refugees to US
  3. 3. Costs to America• Casualties • 58,183 Dead • 303,704 wounded • 2300 MIA• Financial • $173 billion on the war • $200 billion in health care costs• Psychological • “Vietnam Syndrome”-we started to doubt ourselves• Political • War Powers Act passed (60 Days)-Loss of Presidential Power
  4. 4. The Wall• November 11, 1982• Designed by Maya Ling Lin • “To overcome grief you have to confront it. An honest memorial makes you accept what happened before you overcome it. I think that the memorial makes people accept it.
  5. 5. General Colin Powell• “Many of my generation, the career captains, majors, and lieutenants seasoned in that war vowed that when it was our turn to call the shots, we would not acquiesce in halfhearted warfare for half-baked reasons that the American people could not understand or support. If we could make good on that promise to ourselves, the civilian leadership, and to the country than the sacrifices made in Vietnam would not have been in vain.”
  6. 6. General Colin Powell• “Many of my generation, the career captains, majors, and lieutenants seasoned in that war vowed that when it was our turn to call the shots, we would not acquiesce in halfhearted warfare for half-baked reasons that the American people could not understand or support. If we could make good on that promise to ourselves, the civilian leadership, and to the country than the sacrifices made in Vietnam would not have been in vain.”

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