Hi, I’m John Green, this is CrashCourse
US History, and today we’re going to talk about the Cold War again. Really less about
the “cold,” more about the “war.” As usual, we’re not going to focus so much
on the generals and the tactics, but instead on why the wars were fought and what it all
meant. And today we get to visit a part of the world
that we haven’t seen much on this series: [spins] Asia. Not my best work.
intro So, we’re gonna start today with the place
where the Cold War really heated up, at least as far as America’s concerned.
Mr Green, it’s Vietnam. Close, Me from the Past, but like all your
romantic endeavors, unsuccessful. The correct answer is of course Korea. Like MFTP, many
Americans have forgotten about the Korean War, which lasted three years from 1950 to
1953 and is sometimes called the Forgotten War.
But it was real. The Korean War was the first real like shooting war that Americans were
involved in after World War II and it was the only time that American troops directly
engaged with an honest to goodness Communist power.
I’m referring not to North Korea, but to China, which became communist in 1949 and
qualifies as a major world power because it was, and also is, huge. We love you China.
Just kidding, you’re not watching. Because of the Great Fire Wall.
So the end of WWII left Korea split between a Communist north led by Kim Il crazypants
Sung and an anti-communist but hardly democratic South led by Syngman Rhee.
The two were supposed to reunite, but that was impossible because they were constantly
fighting that cost around 100,000 lives. The civil war between the two Koreas turned
into a full-fledged international conflict in June of 1950 when Kim Il Sung invaded the
South, and the US responded. Truman thought that Kim’s invasion was being pushed by
the Soviets and that it was a challenge to the “Free World.”
Truman went to the United Nations and he got authorization, but he didn’t go to Congress
and never called the Korean War a “war.” Insisting instead that American troops were
leading a UN “police action” but that was kind of a misleading statement.
General Douglas MacArthur was in command of this tiny little police force at the start
of the war because he was the highest ranking general in the region. He was also really
popular, at least with the press, although not so much with other generals, or with the
president. Under MacArthur, UN forces – which basically
meant American and South Korean forces — pushed the North Koreans back past the 38th parallel
where the two countries had been divided, and then Truman made a fateful decision: The
United States would try to re-unify Korea as a non-communist state.
Which, if you’ve looked at a map recently, you’ll notice went swimmingly. America’s
allies and the UN all agreed to this idea, so up north they went, all the way to the
northern border with China at the Yalu river. At that point, Chinese forces, feeling that
American forces were a smidge too close to China, counter-attacked on November 1, 1950
and by Christmas the two sides were stalemated again at the 38th parallel, right where they
started. The war dragged on for two more years with
the U.S. pursuing a “scorched earth” policy and dropping more bombs on Korea than had
been dropped in the entire Pacific theater during WWII.
The two sides tried to negotiate a peace treaty, but the sticking point was the repatriation
of North Korean and Chinese prisoners who didn’t want to go back to their communist
homelands. Meanwhile, at home, Americans were growing
tired of a war that they weren’t winning, which helped to swing the election of 1952
for Dwight Eisenhower. Also he was also running against perennial
presidential loser Adlai Stevenson, who was perceived as an egghead intellectual because
his name was Adlai Stevenson. In addition to helping get Ike elected, the
Korean War had a number of profound effects. First and most importantly, it was expensive,
both in terms of lives and money. In 3 years of fighting 33,629 Americans were
killed, 102,000 were wounded and nearly 4 million Koreans and Chinese were killed, wounded,
or missing. The majority of Korean casualties were civilians.
The Korean War also further strengthened executive power in the United States – Truman went
to war without a declaration and Congress acquiesced – this doesn’t mean that the
war was initially was unpopular, it wasn’t. People wanted to see America do something
about Communism and allowing Kim to take the south and possibly threaten Japan was unacceptable.
However, the whole idea that you don’t really need to declare war to go to war, while not
new in America, sure has been important the last 60 years.
And the Korean War also strengthened the Cold War mentality. I mean, this was the height
of the Red Scare. Also, the Korean War set the stage for America’s
longer, more destructive, and more well known engagement in Asia, the Vietnam War.
Oh it’s time for the Mystery Document? The rules here are simple.
I guess the author of the Mystery Document. I’m either right or I get shocked.
Alright, let’s see what we’ve got. “The Declaration of the French Revolution
made in 1791 on the Rights of Man and the Citizen also states: “All men are born free
and with equal rights, and must always remain free and have equal rights.”
Those are undeniable truths. Nevertheless, for more than eighty years,
the French imperialists, abusing the standard of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, have
violated our Fatherland and oppressed our fellow citizens. They have acted contrary
to the ideals of humanity and justice. In the field of politics, they have deprived
our people of every democratic liberty. Well Stan that sounds like a Frenchman who
really doesn’t want to be French anymore. So it’s somebody who’s very disappointed
by the way the France has been running their colonies. I’m going to guess that it’s
North Vietnamese leader and Crash Course chalk board person: Ho Chi Minh.
Wait Stan says he needs his real name. It’s Nguyen Sinh Cung. Yes!
So, this document it points out that, at least rhetorically, Ho Chi Minh was fighting for
liberation from a colonial power as much as, if not more than, he was trying to establish
a communist dictatorship in Vietnam. But because of the Cold War and its prevailing theories,
the United States could only see Ho as a communist stooge, a tool of the Kremlin.
Under the so-called “domino theory” Vietnam was just another domino that had to be propped
up or else the rest of South East Asia would fall to communism like a row of, dominos.
That wasn’t my best work. Now, in retrospect, this was a fundamental
misunderstanding, but it’s important to remember that at the time, people felt that
they didn’t want the Soviet Union to expand the way that, say, Nazi Germany had.
America’s involvement in Vietnam, like most things Cold War, dates back to World War II,
but it really picked up in the 1950s as we threw our support behind the French in their
war to maintain their colonial empire. Wait, Stan, how why would we fight with the French
to maintain a colonial empire? Oh right, because we were blinded by our fear of communism.
Now, Eisenhower wisely refused to send troops or use atomic weapons to help the French.
Really good call. And the Geneva Accords were supposed to set
up elections to reunite North and South, which had been divided after WWII, but then we didn’t
let that happen. Because sometimes democracies don’t vote
for our guy. Instead, the U.S. began supporting the repressive, elitist regime of Ngo Dinh
Diem as a bulwark against communism. Diem was a Catholic in a majority Buddhist
country and his support of landowners didn’t win him any fans. But he was against communism,
which was good enough for us. The first major involvement of American troops,
then called advisors, began in the early 1960s. Technically, their role was to advise the
Army of the Republic of Vietnam, also called ARViN. It was doomed.
How did they not know this was doomed? Let’s fight for Arvin. Against this guy. You are
scary. Seriously. Anyway, pretty quickly this advising turned
into shooting, and the first American advisors were killed in 1961, during John Kennedy’s
presidency. However, most Americans consider Vietnam to
be Lyndon Johnson’s war, and they aren’t wrong. The major escalation of American troops
started under Johnson, especially in 1965 after the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
This is one of the great incidents in all of American history. So, in August 1964, North
Korean patrol boats attacked US warships in the Gulf of Tonkin.
As a result Johnson asked Congress to authorize the president to take “all necessary measures
to repel armed attack” in Vietnam, which Congress dutifully did with the Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution. So why is this one of the great incidents
in American history? Because the whole patrol boats attacking warships thing? That didn’t
happen. None of that stuff happened except we did actually go to war.
Now, in retrospect, this seems like a terrible idea but it was very popular at the time because
to quote the historian James Patterson, “Preventing Communism, after all, remained the guiding
star of American policy.”[1] Wait a second, did I just say to quote historian James Patterson,
like the crime novelist? Oh it’s a different guy apparently. That’s a bummer.
He doesn’t write his own books because he’s so busy with his secret career – being a historian.
So, the number of American troops began a steady increase and so did the bombing. The
frightfully named Operation Rolling Thunder began in the spring of 1965. And in March
of that year two Marine battalions arrived at Danang airbase authorized to attack the
enemy. No advising about it. But, Johnson didn’t actually tell the American
public that our troops had this authorization, which was part of a widening credibility gap
between what the government told Americans about the war and what was really happening.
Let’s go to the ThoughtBubble. By 1968 there were about half a million American
soldiers in Vietnam and the government was confidently saying that victory was just around
the corner. But then in January Vietnamese forces launched the Tet Offensive and while
it was eventually repelled, the fact that the North Vietnamese were able to mount such
an offensive cast doubts on the claims that U.S. victory was imminent.
The Vietnam War itself was particularly brutal, with much of the ground fighting taking place
in jungles. Rather than large-scale offensives, troops were sent on search and destroy missions
and often it was difficult to tell enemy from civilians. Capturing territory wasn’t meaningful,
so commanders kept track of body counts. Like, if more enemy were killed than Americans,
we were winning. In addition to jungle fighting, there was
a lot of bombing. Like, more bombs were dropped on North and South Vietnam than both the Axis
and Allied powers used in all of World War II. The U.S. used chemical defoliants like
Agent Orange to get rid of that pesky jungle, and also napalm, which was used to burn trees,
homes, and people. Television coverage meant that Vietnam was
the first war brought into American living rooms. And people were horrified at what they
saw. They were especially shocked at the My Lai massacre, which took place in 1968 but
was only reported a year later, in 1969. These draftees were young, and disproportionately
from the lower classes because enrollment in college or grad school earned you a deferment.
So unlike previous American wars, the burden of fighting did not fall evenly across socioeconomic
class. Thanks, ThoughtBubble. So, as Americans at
home became increasingly aware of what was going on in Vietnam, protests started. But
it’s important to remember that the majority of Americans were not out in the streets or
on college campuses burning their draft cards. Right up through 1968 and maybe even 1970,
most Americans supported the Vietnam War. During the 1968 presidential campaign, Richard
Nixon promised that he had a secret plan to end the war and appealed to the silent majority
of Americans who weren’t on board with the anti-war movement.
So, the first part of Nixon’s secret plan was “vietnamization” — gradually withdrawing
American troops and leaving the fighting to the Vietnamese.
The second part involved more bombing and actually escalating the war by sending American
troops into Cambodia in order to cut off the so-called Ho Chi Minh, named for this guy,
a supply line that connected north to south. Not only did this not work, it also destabilized
Cambodia and helped the Khmer Rouge to come to power.
The Khmer Rouge represented the absolute worst that Communism had to offer, forcing almost
all Cambodians into communes and massacring one third of the country’s population.
So, not a great secret plan. By 1970 the anti-protests had grown and discontent within the armed
forces was enormous. Vietnam veterans, including future almost-president
John Kerry, were participating in protests. And things got even worse when in 1971 the
New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, classified documents that showed that the
government had been misleading the public about the war for years.
Congress eventually responded by passing the War Powers Act in 1973 which was supposed
to limit the president’s ability to send troops overseas without their approval and
prevent another Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. John: How does that work out, Stan?
Stan: Not great. John: Yeah. I’ll say.
After five years of negotiations, Nixon and his secretary of state Henry Kissinger were
able to end America’s involvement in Vietnam. In 1973 the Paris Peace Agreement made it
possible for America to withdraw its troops, although it left North Korea in control of
some of South Vietnam. The war between North and South Vietnam however
continued until 1975 when the North finally conquered the South and created a single,
communist Vietnam. The Vietnam War cost the United States more
than $100 billion spent, 58,000 Americans died as well as between 3 and 4 million Vietnamese
people And Vietnam was the first war in America that
we definitively lost. We lost it because we didn’t understand the Vietnamese and we
didn’t understand why they were fighting. To return to the historian James Patterson,
“the unyielding determination of the enemy … wore down the American commitment, which
proved to be far less resolute.”[2] America expected that its superior technology
and wealth would eventually wear down the Vietnamese and they’d just give up communism.
But the Vietnamese weren’t fighting for communism. They were fighting for Vietnam.
This fundamental misunderstanding combined with the government’s dishonesty changed
American’s relationship with their leaders. Before Vietnam, most Americans trusted their
government, even when they knew it did horrible things. But, after the war, and largely because
of it, that trust was gone. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you next week.
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The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38
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100 thoughts on “The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38

  • February 12, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    "We're gonna take a look at a part of the world we haven't seen much of on Crash Course: Asia!"

    POINTS TO LATIN AMERICA

    I know that's really clear but it still made me laugh quite a bit lol

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  • February 16, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    I burst out laughing when he said Kim il Crazypants sung 😂😂😂

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  • February 16, 2019 at 6:58 pm
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    So US's ideology to end the war is to join the war.

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  • February 24, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    I am watching, just through VPN

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  • February 25, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    you forgot the British, the Canadians and many other countries.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    Why the wars were fought and meant
    Korean War forgotten War first honest good communist power
    China
    Korea south democratic south after Cold War civil war international conflict
    38parallel
    Allies and UN fight counter attack from China scorched earth
    Do something about communism
    The Vietnam War Ho Chi Minh establish communist dominoe theory FALL TO COMMUNISM Dates back to ww two
    Operation rolling thunder AGENT ORANGE burn forest s

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  • February 26, 2019 at 12:38 pm
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    Yes, John Green, blue ocean is Asia.

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  • February 27, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    you should do one that is on just the Vietnam War

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  • February 27, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    Another fun part about the Vietnam war was that Ho Chi Minh was hoping that the United States would help free them from the French colonialist because of the British opression pre revolutionary war and the U.S idea of freedom. Ho Chi Minh stated that he felt betrayed and felt that the U.S idea of freedom was a lie.

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  • February 28, 2019 at 10:10 pm
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    Love from China

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  • March 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    The Fire Curtain

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  • March 4, 2019 at 6:47 am
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    "Asia! , not my best work" flips table during intro

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  • March 4, 2019 at 6:48 am
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    im in china and watching with vpn lol

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  • March 6, 2019 at 1:14 am
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    Jame Patterson!!!

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  • March 8, 2019 at 7:24 am
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    Mr green , though there is a great fire wall, but some people can use the ladder to watch your video:)

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  • March 13, 2019 at 1:57 pm
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    When John talks abou the UN does that stand for United Nations?

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  • March 13, 2019 at 7:25 pm
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    U look cracked out

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  • March 16, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    do a Syria one

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  • March 17, 2019 at 10:40 am
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    when you support the Khmer Rouge but they end up committing genocide so you have to fight them again.

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  • March 18, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    My dude says North Korean boats attack American ships at the Gulf of Tonkin, it was North Vietnam

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  • March 20, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    4:08 death egg

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  • March 20, 2019 at 7:36 am
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    Anybody bothered with the fact he mispronounce the Vietnamese U?

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  • March 22, 2019 at 9:20 am
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    in civil war u could literally buy your way out of war, this
    other was fell on poor just as much c execution of private slovirk wwii more censorship in good war,fdr's son elliot be came a multi millionaire and instant general in wwii,also c book stolen valor best jimmy mack

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  • March 22, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    Vietnam war starts at 4:11

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  • March 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    Watching this since i have a test tomorrow

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  • March 30, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    Thsbks for helping me study for my exams helping me very much

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  • April 4, 2019 at 1:26 am
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    The Apocalypse Now references though…

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  • April 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    I wonder if North Korea would be as crazy if the us didn't declare war.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    a chinese is using vpn

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  • April 14, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    I go to Adlai E. Stevenson high school, why’d they do my mans like that

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  • April 15, 2019 at 2:35 am
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    I liked the James Patterson joke. That author is the bit of every ghost writing joke at the library that I work at. When an author writes in a new genre we immediately look at one of the James Patterson books cluttering our circulation room and go “I hope this author isn’t the new James Patterson, I really liked the authors other books”

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  • April 15, 2019 at 4:42 am
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    How to fix cold war:buy a heater

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  • April 15, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    13:07 I am as tired as him after vaguely knowing all these

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  • April 16, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    For the record Canada was also involved in the Korean War, like over 25,000 soldiers involved

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  • April 16, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    well there is more than one Chinese here

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  • April 17, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Bruh he isn’t looking at the camera. He’s looking at his cards

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  • April 23, 2019 at 7:27 am
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    I always got this war and the Vietnam war mixed up.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 4:53 am
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    I would love if there was more asian history stuff from this channel!

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  • April 24, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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    absolutely amazing video

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  • April 24, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    i love this

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  • April 25, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    Another chinese student that leaves a comment just to prove the GFW can be flipped

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  • April 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    “You are not watching.” lol I am watching.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 4:01 am
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    Vietnam turned to communism because the USSR was there to grant them independence when the US/France weren't. Ho Chi Minh actually proposed claim of independence to the Americans but they never replied.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    In Vietnam before 1975 , they were two kind of people: one follow communist and one anti-communist. The one who follow communist were from the North and anti-communist people were from the South. The north Vietnamese people work harder than the South, from the past to now. They have stronger will than the South people. You know what? There are 6 US billionaires in Vietnam in 2019 and all of them are from the North Vietnam. North Vietnamese student are more intelligent. North Vietnamese families are more traditional than the South, the South people are more comfortable but they don't think about their future. The South Vietnamese people don't know to save money, they just work and entertain. Especially about Coffee culture in Vietnam, the South people can drink coffee all days, they play billiards, they can drink beer all day. However, the North Vietnamese people are totally different. They always think about their future, they know how to save and use money. I'm from the Central and everyone in Vietnam know this. That's the reason why the North Vietnam won. They opened a west-Vietnam road and attacked to important military bases in the South. The South people just escaped and accepted communist government, they did not fight against communist. The South Vietnamese people live with weak-will. I'm from the Central Vietnam and everyone around me know this. If the US had supported the North Vietnam, maybe they could have won the Vietnam war.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH
    7:23
    It wasn't Korean patrol boats! It was North Vietnamese, right? That's what all the sources I found online said.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 2:17 am
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    7:24 north korean boats in the gulf of tonkin?

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  • April 29, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    From China across the fire wall! Love this series so much!

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  • May 1, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    7:24 North Vietnamese* patrol boats

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  • May 2, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    wow the past two episodes have just ended so depressingly

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  • May 2, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    8:45 thank u bush

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  • May 3, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    8:50 Gotta love those Apocalypse Now references

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  • May 3, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    7:23 you guys meant North Vietnamese patrol boats right..? not North Korean patrol boats LOL

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  • May 5, 2019 at 12:11 pm
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    what about Britain's role in the Korean war?

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  • May 7, 2019 at 4:52 am
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    0:16 I'm dead 😂😂

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  • May 9, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    I am watching.

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  • May 9, 2019 at 11:33 pm
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    A communist stooge, huh? Sounds like a ho.

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  • May 10, 2019 at 8:36 am
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    I want a "GET THE HELL(icopters) OUT OF VIETNAM" shirt very very badly.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    You forgot the whole point of why the Chinese got involved in the war!! It was because General MacArthur tried to drop a bunch of nukes of China! Since you know this was before we had the whole President's order thing for the nukes and any General had the authorization to just use them WITHOUT THE PRESIDENT KNOWING.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    I cant listen to his voice over a 20 volume..Can they remake the series with Hank instead?

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  • May 13, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    4:10
    Nobody:
    Not a single soul:

    COMMUNIST EGGMAN

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  • May 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    This guy is not Asian

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  • May 17, 2019 at 11:53 am
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    ทหารเสือพรานไทยได้ฉายาว่า ทหารผี เพราะทหารไทยมีของขลังศัตรูยิงไม่เข้ามันมากี่รอบก็ถอยกลับไป นี่แหละทหารไทย

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  • May 20, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    When the video won't load on edpuzzle

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  • May 20, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    This dude my textbook now

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  • May 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    I have an exam tomorrow
    And so do you

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  • May 25, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    Making up reasons to go to war… Also happened in 1898 against Spain for Cuba… The Spanish Navy never sunk any US ships, they just blew up… only one blew up…

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  • June 5, 2019 at 4:27 am
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    I have zero idea on why pedobear was on this video 4:46

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  • June 9, 2019 at 8:04 pm
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    What about the policy of detente with America and Communist China when Nixon visited Mao in Peking in 1972? that wasn't talked about. What about the growing ideological rift between China and the Soviet Union in the 1960's which led to a border skirmish between the two countries in 1969 along the Ussuri River? Nixon took advantage of that Chinese-Soviet rift by courting China with friendship. China was already of the United Nations. So some positive things came out of the Cold War in Asia.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    The Middle East is part of Asia, Western Asia and Soviet communism threatened those countries, but you didn't bother mentioning. The Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, was fearful of Soviet expansion in his country. The Americans and other western countries saw the Shah as a bulwark against Soviet aggression in the Middle East and gave him financial and military backin. But the Shah's real enemy turned about to be the Islamic Fundamentalists led by the Ayatollah Khomeini not the Soviet Union or Iran's communists since the Russians were already preoccupied with a war in Afghanistan, another Asian country you neglected to mention. Khomeini hated both the capitalist and democratic United States and the communist Soviet Union. When he took power in Iran in 1979, he called the USA and USSR the Great Satans. When Iran and Iraq went to war with each other in 1980 you forgot to mention that both countries were aided by both the Soviet Union and the United States. What about the War in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989 in which the Russians got clobbered by the Mujaheedin rebels and also with American military backing? Of course American military aid to the Afghan rebs would come to haunt us years later when those same rebels just under a different name turned against us with 9/11.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    5:17 his real name Nguyen Thath Than….I think.

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  • June 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Wow. US and alliea decided other country(ies) fate?
    What could go wrong? :v

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  • June 11, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    Asia!
    Not my Best Work.
    I'm crying!

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  • June 11, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    That's very mean. I disapprove of that joke. I LIVE IN CHINA!!!

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  • June 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    My shitty world history teacher just plays crash course videos for class. Jon you are my real history teacher thank you.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    COOL XDDD

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    Any mention of slavery in China, North Korea or Cambodia, India etc in this story? Strange how slavery never gets a mention in this series unless it is ethnic Europeans doing the enslavement!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    The Vietnam War is precisely why my father has two Masters degrees. He just kept going to school until the war was over!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm
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    🤡🤡🤡

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  • June 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm
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    It’s scary how history repeats its self.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    I get it America bad an communist good

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  • June 29, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Wtf was with pedobear?

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  • July 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Lol、im chinese tho😂

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  • July 6, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    7:24 North Korean patrol boats?

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  • July 10, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    i'm shocked they told the truth about the gulf of tonkin incident.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    Finally someone mention it… Cambodia!!!!!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    Wise North Korea will watch this one day.

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  • July 24, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    The reasons why China got into Korean were NOT just simply because the conflicts were way too much close to China's borders – of course, this was one of the reasons, but most importantly was because of the pressure from Soviet Gov – remember what was happening in that period – cold war!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    The captain of the ship during the gulf of Tonkin incident was Jim Morrison from the doors father. A little fun fact.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    Another fun fact the Khmer Rouge killed everyone who wore glasses… sorry John.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    Another great story about the constant US struggle to fight their homemade enemies.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    viet Subtitles is suck

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    Tries to point at Asia when spinning the globe; instead you point at South America

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    Fortunate Son intensifies

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  • August 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    7:25 korean patrol boats? or was it north Vietnamese?

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  • August 7, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    'MURICA

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  • August 8, 2019 at 12:53 am
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    I'm South korean

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  • August 14, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    Comb your hair bro

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  • August 16, 2019 at 7:22 am
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    I love US history, but John Green's delivery and "jokes" are just awful and annoying. I know that this series is very popular, as are John Green's books, but it is painful to listen to this.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    All Nations let us spread peace / literally and genuinely as wars are waste

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    Korea is our "forgotten war" but generations of North Koreans have grown up being taught to call us "American bastards" so….not so forgotten on their end. And definitely not forgiven.

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