Why didn't Americans staged a revolt against their government to stop the Vietnam war?

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  • It was ruining the US economy
  • Billions were being spent overseas and very little or nothing was being returned to the US
  • People hated conscription
  • Riots were erupting throughout the country
  • Kent State Massacre
  • Thousands dead

So why didn't Americans do that to stop the war sooner?
 

Chlodio

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We did overthrow our government. We voted LBJ out of office. That's how you overthrow your government if you live in a democracy.

You're right. Riots were seen as a problem, but the kind of revolution you're talking about would just make the riot problem worse. Instead, we elected a law and order candidate named Nixon who had also promised to end the war.
 

aggienation

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Because nobody cared that much besides the revolutionary left, and they were literally already up in arms trying to overthrow the govt.
 
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stevev

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Good one.

That's the same way the US got into the war. Someone overthrew JFK.
Defense Secretary McNamara was the driving force in getting the US into the war. He convinced Johnson that all of SE Asia was at risk and the war would be largely fought by the (unstable) South Vietnamese government.

In what was probably historically unique, Johnson (and Nixon) declared North Vietnam off limits for US ground forces.
 
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Code Blue

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Defense Secretary McNamara was the driving force in getting the US into the war. He convinced Johnson that all of SE Asia was at risk and the war would be largely fought by the (unstable) South Vietnamese government.
I don't believe McNamara was driving anything, except his car to work.
Reminds me of a post someone made last week that somehow Duranty was driving FDR.
 
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Rodger

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The U.S. was involved in Vietnam for close to 20 years, over the course of 4 presidents. At first, many were in favor, or at worst indifferent, to the conflict. As things escalated in the late 1960s many became opposed to the war and exercised their rights to duly note their concern. Even then, many Americans were still in favor of the war. According to the article listed below, 1966 turned the tide and the Tet Offensive in 1968 sealed the deal as far as public opinion.
My neighbor served in Vietnam in the Air Force from the mid to late 1960s. To this day, he still believes in the cause. Eventually, public opinion won out and the troops were withdrawn. South Vietnam then fell shortly thereafter.
How the Media Shapes Public Opinion of War
 
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Edratman

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So why didn't Americans do that to stop the war sooner?
The primary reason was that the government and the media successfully sold almost all of the American public, at the beginning of the effort, that America was performing its right and honorable duty by assisting an ally, S. Vietnam, to resist a communist revolution.
 
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