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Vietnam legacy has lessons for anti-Americanism today

The relative decline of the United States and the perceived shift in the global balance of power with the rise of the Middle Kingdom are new factors at play.

Published Wed, Mar 25, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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THIS month marks the 50th anniversary of a pivotal moment in the escalation of the Vietnam War: the launch of the Operation 'Rolling Thunder' bombing campaign, and also the commitment of the first US ground troops. Fresh from his landslide re-election in November 1964, President Lyndon Johnson ramped up US military involvement in the South-east Asian country in what was to prove one of the worst ever US foreign policy debacles.

One key legacy of Vietnam was growth of anti-Americanism across much of the world, undercutting US prestige and soft power. F…

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