What was the Counter Culture Impact on Vietnam War?
Many in the “Counter Culture” opposed the war in Vietnam. There were protests, both peaceful and violent. The most tragic protest occured at Kent State University when students were fired upon by National Guard troops. Some were killed and some of those killed were simply innocent bystanders walking to class. Such protest led to a questioning of our policy in Vietnam. The war became such a dividing point that it drove President Lyndon Baines Johnson to declare he would not run for re-election, knowing that he would probably not win such an election. Many protestors mistakenly took out their frustration on the troops returning from Vietnam. Many were attacked as “baby killers” and were not treated as heros, or protectors of our freedom, as the men and women fighting in Iraq and Afganistan today. Once the US pulled out of Vietnam, the military strategy for fighting such a war was re-examined to prevent a future situation for the government and the military. The “Counter Culture” also led