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Ho Chi Minh and the Vietminh's goals were to gain independence from France.
The Truman administration sent troops and 150 million dollars to assist the French.
The US feared a communist takeover of South-East Asia and poured $500 million a year into the French war effort.
Eisenhower worried that a loss to Vietnam would be a threat to the free world and nearby countries would turn to communism and threaten American and their allies.
The US under Eisenhower became more involved in the conflict and even created an alliance of nations to take action against security threats in the region.
The South Vietnamese government were weak and corrupt and caused problems for the US because they were not reliable partners and were not liked by their own people.
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