Why did the USA go to war in Vietnam?  How did North Vietnam win? (30%)

What were the arguments made by US leaders for the war in Vietnam?  What was the reality?  For examples why did Truman ignore Ho Chi Minh and reject the proposed 1956 elections?

What went wrong?  How did the North Vietnamese win?

As with the Cold War essay above EXPLICITLY address the “rhetoric versus reality” or “words versus actions” of US policymakers.