The Comedian Barbequing

The Comedian in Vietnam

The Vietnam War was a conflict involving the United States, between the communist North Vietnam and the US-allied South Vietnam.

U.S. troops were sent to fight communism but they complained they were not being really supported by Washington, remaining undermanned and underfunded. They didn't view it as a real war, as until 1964 neither side engaged in a direct approach. Each side fought for a different reason, with the natives were fighting for their homes.[1]

Robert McNamara asked The Comedian to go there as a military advisor and a figurehead to inspire the troops. The Comedian joined Charlie Company and played a major role, ordering the first direct engagement against the VC. They also employed the help of drug-dealer Sal (one of the Comedian's old acquaintances) to sell drugs in the U.S. and fund the war.[1]

In August, VC gunboats attacked U.S. destroyers such as USS Maddox in international waters. The troops believed that it was the chance they needed to escalate the war, but President Lyndon B. Johnson had no response. Dismayed, the Comedian led a mock attack against their own destroyers two days later, forcing the President to request the Congrress to pass a resolution to take all necessary measures, and U.S> airplanes attacked gunboats and facilities in North Vietnam in reply. The war escalated.[1]

Back home, there were many protests against the war.[2]

The war has been won by the USA, largely due to the deployment of the Wrath of God operation: The Comedian has been there for an undetermined amount of time working for the government and Dr. Manhattan was used as a weapon since March of 1971; the conflict was ended in only two months. Many of the communist forces express their desire to surrender to Manhattan personally, seeing him as some sort of deity. When Manhattan meets Blake there, he reflects on how "deliberately amoral" the man is, and that the conflict suits him.

It is in Vietnam's capital city, Saigon, in the closing days of the war, that the Comedian kills a young Vietnamese woman whom he had impregnated during a physical relationship. The woman is hurt and offended by Blake's desire to leave the country and her behind with no father for their child. She breaks a bottle and slashes his face; in his extreme anger, Blake shoots her while Manhattan, a witness, does nothing to prevent him.

Vietnam is later mentioned as becoming the 51st US state.

Background information

roughly from 1965 to 1975 (though the U.S. "military advisers" had been present in the country for several years prior). The conflict was largely civil. Not wanting to see another Asian country become a communist nation, the United States intervened, sending hundreds of thousands of troops (approximately 58,000 of which were killed) and spending billions of dollars. Allies of America also helped fight. It is generally regarded as the longest direct conflict involving the United States and its military forces. It is also considered an unpopular war, one that generated much societal protest "at home" (within the United States itself) to the war as a whole and to individual actions by military and government leaders.

Though it is generally held that the United States lost the war, with the entire country of Vietnam becoming communist in 1975.

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