Dominick Arbolino
10 Integrated
Ms. Schuellein
March 17th, 2014

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War greatly changed America forever. It was the longest fought in America’s history, lasting from 1954 to 1973. The Vietnam War tarnished America’s self-image by becoming the first time in history the United States of America failed to accomplish its stated war aim and preserve a separate, independent and noncommunist government. Despite the failure America was justified. 58,000 American soldiers were killed and 304,000 were wounded during the Vietnam War. American citizens were not very supportive of the war and due to this the soldier’s morale was low. This could have caused the United States to lose the Vietnam War to the Soviet Union which the United States ended up losing.    
Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech” given on March 5th, 1946 was one of the first acts against Communism in the Cold War that sparked conflicted events between the communist soviets and the western powers such as the Vietnam War. President Churchill’s ideas I thought were right because as the President of the United States he wanted to let the soviets and Joseph Stalin know that the United States doesn’t want war but if war was to start they would be ready for it. President Churchill knew what was going on in Soviet Russia or known as the USSR. “Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them what I must call the Soviet Sphere” (“Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech”(1946)”). He knew about important cities that most of the soviets were at. Truman also knew it was his duty as the President of the United States to provide certain facts about what’s going on in Europe (“Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech”(1946)”). I thought President Truman did the right thing because I a citizen of the United States would want to know what’s going on in the world around me for the protection of my family and friends....