Chapter 4
Thirty Years’ War, Act One
In This Chapter
• Vietnam goes goofy
• America takes a hike
• Vietnam: One. France: Zero
• The French look for friends
• Washington turns down a hero
In the months following World War II, U.S. foreign policy was hard to define. To most Americans, foreign policy meant getting their loved ones home safely from some faraway place. The war was over, and they wanted their families reunited and the good life to return. And the good life was waiting! During the war, U.S. industry promised tons of consumer goodies once “the Jap [sic] was beat.” America entered the late 1940s with its economy not only intact, but booming. The Great Depression was a distant memory, and few wanted to hear about death and misery in Vietnam ...

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