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How, in the minds of American officials, did the outbreak of the Korean War in June 1950 enhance the importance of defending Vietnam against the Viet Minh?

Also, how did it change the amount and type of aid the U.S. provided to the French and their Vietnamese allies between 1950 and 1954?

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Bob R. | Communications Instructor for Writing and Public SpeakingCommunications Instructor for Writing an...
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My quick reaction to this question is this. In June 1950, the U.S. was fully engaged in responding to the North Korean communist invasion. Vietnam was not an issue of importance to American policy makers then. The U.S. was also in favor of European powers relinquishing their Southeast Asian colonies after WWII. France was the one country which did not readily do this. I think the most significant argument showing that the U.S. did not want to escalate its involvement in Vietnam was its decision not to intervene militarily during the siege of French forces at Dien Bien Phu.
Kevin W. | Effective History Tutor Specializing in Social Studies and Test PrepEffective History Tutor Specializing in ...
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Policy of containment and not losing nations that bordered with China to communism. If the United States lost countries like Korea, Vietnam and others to communism then they would lose influence in the region. 
Daniel T. | Direct and Logical PhD Physicist for Physics and Science SubjectsDirect and Logical PhD Physicist for Phy...
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I would look at McCarthyism and the religious hatred of communist ideas by the ruling elite in this country then. It proved to be the central theme in the cold war.