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  •  earlier, clear back to 1950 for US military (6+ / 0-)

    "advisors" to be on the ground in South Vietnam.

    French-Indochina Wars and Vietnam Independence

    Vietnam obtained independence following the First Indochina War. In 1945, Hồ Chí Minh declared an independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam, which was recognized by the fellow Communist governments of China and the Soviet Union.

    Fighting lasted until March 1954, when the Việt Minh won the decisive victory against French forces at the grueling Battle of Điện Biên Phủ. This led to the partition of Vietnam into the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in the north, under Việt Minh control, and the State of Vietnam in the south, which had the support of the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.

    It was at the 1954 Geneva Conference that France relinquished any claim to territory in the Indochinese peninsula. Laos and Cambodia also became independent in 1954, but were both drawn into the Vietnam War.

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    US-Vietnam War era
    American military advisors arrived in what was then French Indochina beginning in 1950. U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s, with troop levels tripling in 1961 and tripling again in 1962.
    So, one can see that the US was intervening (1950) for years, before France lost control of South Vietnam to the Việt Minh of North Vietnam by 1954.

    The 20th century American Federal government was bent on Empire, is all that I can assume, from reading enough history of the century.

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    by Angie in WA State on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 04:37:22 PM PDT

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    •  What's the problem? (2+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest, Angie in WA State

      Is there some moral dark-matter that invisibly saturates our nation and gravitates us to empire and the subjection of other nations?

      If so, then protesting may be the right reaction but merely a gesture.

      But empire may be the way the country drifts when we citizens take our national bearings too infrequently and too sloppily and when we leave the controls of government available to other nations and to private interests.

      Our neglect of the republic may be a less obvious but more productive way to see the problem. One way to tell is that it hurts to think about and forebodes toil.

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