The asymmetry of the U.S. strategic objectives and tactical choices
|Keywords||Vietnam War Rolling Thunder action Strategic objectives Tactical means Asymmetry|
The Vietnam War is not only a major hot war of the Cold War , the United States the longest in the history of a war . The Vietnam War has a special background process . The United States based on preventing the spread of communism in Southeast Asia and threaten U.S. interests in the global purpose of sending large numbers of ground troops into Vietnam to participate in land battles , massive air strikes against North Vietnam from the initial dispatch of military advisory team to play in South Vietnam , the U.S. has the world's leading military power against the weak , the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong . But it was not until the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam to end the war , experienced before and after two decades of years of history , although the United States also failed to pay a heavy price war victory . Therefore , the Vietnam War is still of great research value . The United States in the Vietnam War battlefield belongs to the invaders , the offensive side , but the United States does not have the initiative . The United States does not have the limitations of tactical means may be used to pursue to achieve unlimited goals , the result is military action did not meet expectations , which in turn contain a political strategy , leading to the strategic interests subordinate to the strategic situation of the implementation of the institutional interests generation . 1965 to 1968 Rolling Thunder action is one of the representatives of this situation . United States hopes to use large - scale strategic bombing against North Vietnam , rising pressure on North Vietnam , forcing the yield , but they ignore the limitations of strategic bombing . This paper aims to inspect the implementation process of the Rolling Thunder action , analyze the reason for the failure reasons, and the results of U.S. policy . This article is divided into five parts : Introduction ; the first chapter of the strategic objectives of the United States in Vietnam ; Chapter II 1965-1968 Rolling Thunder action ; Chapter Rolling Thunder actions and U.S. policy analysis ; conclusions.