The Vietnam conflict was a very large mess with many events that occurred that would forever change how people act and view things. It consisted of war, secrets, popularity politics, generation revolution, civil rights, and a lot of experimentation. All of this changed the society of America and the view of the people towards the U.S. government. Other countries views changed towards the U.S. as well, but the entire word was changing.
The credibility gap between the people of the United States and the United States government really hurt the trust of the people. They would be told that the war was going well and North Vietnam was weakening. When actually none of that was true, the U.S. government would lie to the people about what was going on in Vietnam. For example Richard Nixon, one of the presidents during Vietnam told the public that he was pulling out 25000 troops and by the end of the year another 65000 would be home. He actually deployed more troops into Vietnam after making that statement. There was also the Tet Offensive, the U.S. Gov. told the public that the Vietcong were weak and did not have the strength to launch an offensive; while this speech was being made the Vietcong launched the biggest assault of the war. The people couldn’t believe the fact that they were being lied to by their own government. They started to question things, and the distrust began. Still to this day people do not trust the government for these very reasons, the people that were alive during the Vietnam War especially have problems with trusting the government. Many people didn’t believe that the U.S.’s reason for being there wasn’t justified; they thought lives were being wasted for no reason. The Vietnam era created a lot of doubt and distrust in the government from the people, trust is one thing that is needed to run a country of democracy.
The U.S. eventually signed a peace treaty with North Vietnam for a cease fire. The United States pulled completely out of...
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