Analysis of America's Longest War: the United States in Vietnam
<br>Herring begins his account with a …show more content…
<br>Herring moves forward with Kennedy's belief that America's survival depended on its ability to defend "Free" institutions. Herring quotes Kennedy as saying, "Our problems are critical. The tide is unfavorable. The news will be worse before it is better"(81). This was the theme that surrounded Kennedy throughout the 1960 campaign, and it set the tone for his administration. As reported in this novel, it seems as though Kennedy was not prepared for the problems that he inherited. In the summer of 1961, some of Kennedy's advisors pressed for escalation in Vietnam, however; Kennedy remained cautious. Therefore, he opted for the safe, middle of the road approach. This did not last for long though, and in 1961 instituting their new partnership, the United States and Diem "entangled themselves more tightly in their fateful web"(94).
<br>Their differences placed on the backburner, the United States and South Vietnam launched a two-pronged plan to contain the insurgency. Supported by an large increase in supplies and advisors from the US, the South Vietnamese army took the offensive against the guerrillas of the Vietminh. During this time, the