Agent Orange, a dust that was used to clear out foliage by the American Army to enable them to see the hidden Vietnamese Stations, has affected thousands of people's lives. Agent Orange contains TCDD, one of the most harmful toxic chemicals, which causes skin cancer, lesions, damages the liver, and may cause birth defects (although this has not been studied in depth). Agent Orange once in the environment diffuses to countries all around the world, this has cause it's effects to not only be seen in Vietnam and the U.S. veterans, but also in the neigboring countries of Cambodia, and Laos. Since the end of the Vietnamese War, Agent Orange is still devastating people lives: both the veterans of Vietnam and the United States, but also the civilians around the world.
"Every president has faced the ghosts of Vietnam in his own way, though each has been wary of being sucked into another unpopular war. Ford (during the Mayaguez crisis) and both Bushes (Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan) deployed massive force, as if to say, “Vietnam, be damned.” On the other hand, Carter, Clinton, and Reagan (to the surprise of many) acted with extreme caution, mindful of the Vietnam experience. Obama has also wrestled with the Vietnam legacy, using doses of American firepower in Libya while still engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan."
Vietnam War has haunted the United States Government since the end of the war. The strange war tactics the military encountered in Vietnam caused the United States to take a step back –literally, withdrawing its aid from Southern Vietnam- and analyze its own military tactics. The war, combined with the Watergate scandal, enabled the United States citizens to get better access into its government’s endeavors. The war caused such an uproar, that ever since, the draft has not been used.
After Northern communist Vietnam won the war, Vietnam's government settled into trying to rebuild the country under a communist government and as many Southern Vietnam citizens fled from the country. however, this was not so easy since, Cambodia's communist leader was terrorizing members of Vietnam's border Villages. Vietnam's engagement in various wars after the Vietnam War, gave it the fourth ranking Military in the world, and one of the worst economies in the world also. The government stepped back and emerged in July of 1976 as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV). Today as Vietnam works its way into a capitalist society, no one can tell that Communist Northern Vietnam had won that war.