American was thick in a country who

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American intervention in Vietnam began with a
generation of boys born to the veterans of the second
World War.Boys who lived in the afterglow and dreamed
of the glory.Patriotism was thick in a country who
came out of the second great war stronger than it had
entered.We were unbeatable.America had survived to
continue it's fight against injustice and for liberty.
The new fight was against communism.
The war might never have taken place had the
United States aided Ho Chi Minh in the fight to
liberate Vietnam from the French, a fight the Americans
had experienced themselves not all that long ago.In
light of France being an ally the United Stated did not
see their way clear to assist a colony from French
Philip Caputo's book, "A Rumor of War" is full of
painful honesty about the fighting in the jungles of
Vietnam.The boys from working class families were
doing the fighting and the dying in a land ten thousand
miles from home.Caputo speaks of a nation divided in
it's opinion on the war and the soldiers who fought in
Born on the Fourth of July tells the story of the
return of a Vietnam veteran.The country the veterans
returned to was one that wasn't proud of it's soldiers,
nor was it grateful for the sacrifice they made.They
came back to a community that was largely disgusted
Taken together, the book and the film tell a great
deal about the impact the war had on Americans.
Considering that hindsight is 20/20, the reasons seem
obvious now.On one hand, the military is creating a
favorable report from the field to make it appear as if
the war will soon be over, the newsmedia is flooding
television with images of burning villas and dead
civilians and the politicians keep insisting they are

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