Viet Nam had nothing to do with the northern communists trying to enslave the south? Because that's what happened when we left.<quoted text>
First, Leadville Lou is simplifying to the point of distortion as Repugnants are want to do. Yes, Wilson and FDR got us into two world wars, but after we were attacked. You left out that little detail, didn't you, Lou?
Little details sometimes make all the difference.
As for EasyEed, you would have us believe Kennedy committed 17,000 troops without any prior commitments.
This simply isn't the case. It was Eisenhower who sent in the first 600 military personnel and signed a pledge to come to South Vietnam's support if attacked. With those conditions in place, Kennedy inherited a situation with potential to escalate.
If you read either "The Pentagon Papers" or Fletcher Prouty's "The Secret Team", both sources refer to CIA black ops in which unmarked U.S. aircraft and ships made unprovoked attacks on North Vietnam as part of "OPLAN 34". When the North fired back, it was reported as having come first. This was the background for the Gulf of Tonkin.
Prouty, who was a USAF focal point officer for CIA black ops further states that all military units in Vietnam were under Agency operational control until 1964.
In the final analysis, the CIA was the real architect of the Vietnam War.
Why is it virtually no one ever wants to emigrate to the people's paradise's like Cuba, China, Viet Nam, N. Korea, etc.?