Hawks” and “Doves” – “Doves” (peace lovers) and “Hawks” (war supporters) clashed. Both sides (the U.S. and North Vietnam) did try to have intervals of quiet time in bombings, but they merely used those as excuses to funnel more troops into the area.
Tet Offensive – America became more and more involved in the conflict in Vietnam, spending more than $30 billion a year on the conflict. By mid-March 1965, the Americans were well into “Operation Rolling Thunder” and some 194,000 American troops were involved as the Americans took over the war. As domestic entanglements plagued the war effort, Johnson ordered the CIA and FBI to move against the general public and anti-war endeavors. By 1968, the war had become the most unpopular and longest foreign war in the nation’s history. In January 1968 the Viet Cong suddenly mounted savage attacks on 27 key Vietnamese cities, including Saigon. Even though they were eventually beaten off, the effort showed that American was far from victory.