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Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars

Abstract

Counterinsurgency began during the early 1960s under President John F. Kennedy in Vietnam, and continued to be utilized by the U.S. military during America’s commitment in Iraq under President George W. Bush. We examine how and why Kennedy and Bush implemented counterinsurgency, and the many parallels between the reasons the United States took action in Vietnam and Iraq. We argue that both interventions were justified through the ideologies of American exceptionalism. In order to uphold national credibility, the U.S. invested energy into building nations and fighting wars of liberation. Counterinsurgency was designed to work with local populations and produce less of a financial or moral burden on American society. However, both the Vietnam War and Iraq War are entrenched in controversy due to the circular and prolonged nature of the U.S.'s involvements.

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David Schmitz

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Power and Politics

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Olin 138

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Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam and Iraq Wars

Olin 138

Counterinsurgency began during the early 1960s under President John F. Kennedy in Vietnam, and continued to be utilized by the U.S. military during America’s commitment in Iraq under President George W. Bush. We examine how and why Kennedy and Bush implemented counterinsurgency, and the many parallels between the reasons the United States took action in Vietnam and Iraq. We argue that both interventions were justified through the ideologies of American exceptionalism. In order to uphold national credibility, the U.S. invested energy into building nations and fighting wars of liberation. Counterinsurgency was designed to work with local populations and produce less of a financial or moral burden on American society. However, both the Vietnam War and Iraq War are entrenched in controversy due to the circular and prolonged nature of the U.S.'s involvements.

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