Oh, how quickly our friends and enemies change! During World War II, the United States actually supplied Ho Chi Minh's guerrilla forces with weapons to fight against the Japanese. Not long after the war's end, the Viet Minh were considered a threat--influenced by the Soviet Union and China, and evidence that no country was safe to the threat of communism.
How do we account for this change in view towards Vietnam? Do we sympathize with Eisenhower's articulation of the domino theory? Or are we shocked that we are straying so far away from the Atlantic Charter?