Why the US Lost the Vietnam War- By Robert Freeman

Why the US Lost the Vietnam War –  by 

The U.S was not simply outfought.  It was out-thought.

For all of the self-satisfied voyeurism surrounding the Vietnam War, it’s hard to find a concrete idea about why the U.S. lost.  For more than a decade, the U.S. had declared that it would not let Vietnam fall to the communists.  Yet, Vietnam fell to the communists.  Why?

The absence of a clear explanation is not an accident.  None of the institutions that led the U.S. into the War or prosecuted the War want to be tarred with having lost the War.   They would rather its loss be left ambiguous, murky.  Or worse, blamed on others. …  MORE

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  • Clyde Duncan  On October 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm

  • Ron Saywack  On October 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    It was a lie:

    The U.S. (a war-loving nation) entered the Vietnam War on a lie as it did the Iraq War.

    On August 2, 1964, President Johnson received word that American installations (USS Maddox and other vessels) were attacked in the Gulf of Tonkin (off the east coast of North Vietnam). There was a second report two days later that the Viet Cong had attacked for a second time.

    Later, it was established that those attacks never took place. But it was a pretext for the U.S. to enter the theater war (in early 1965). The Vietnam Civil War, it should be noted, had begun in 1950 aimed at reunification. The Communist North wanted to rid the two parts of the country from the lingering vestiges of colonialism. But the U.S. would have none of it.

    In the final analysis, 58,000 American soldiers had lost their lives in addition to nearly three million Vietnamese from the north and the south (soldiers and civilians included) in what turned out to be a needless and senseless war.

    The Americans have always held the view that communism/socialism was a bad system of government and that it must be eradicated wherever it existed. It was for that same reason the U.S. and the British colluded to oust the socialist-leaning Cheddi Jagan regime from the-then British Guiana. The U.S. nurtures the notion that it has a god-given right to be the world’s policeman. Currently, U.S. soldiers are stationed in more than a 150 nations around the world. Incredible!

    In the spring of 2003, the Bush administration launched Shock and Awe to rid Iraq of WMDs (weapons of mass destruction). But there were no such WMDs in the country. Said weapons (sarin gas, mustard gas, and other nerve-gas agents, furnished to Hussein, ironically, by the Reagan admin., France, and a few other nations) had been previously disposed of by UN inspectors, under Scott Ritter, following Desert Storm (the first Persian Gulf War).

    The Saddam Hussein regime fell shortly after the invasion and Hussein himself was subsequently pulled out from a hole in the ground, ‘tried’ and executed. His ouster threw Babylon into chaos and instability and the vacuum created, ultimately, led to the rise of the evil ISIS.

    George Bush often spoke about winning the war on terror but could never unequivocally define to the American public and the world what victory meant.

    As in Vietnam, America lost the Iraq War and consequently doubled its national debt from $5.8 trillion (when Clinton left office) to well over $10 trillion before the end of Bush’s second term (Obama, in a futile attempt to clean up Bush’s mess, merely ‘succeeded’ in doubling the debt stratospherically to nearly $20 trillion).

    Now, the mad interloper in D.C. talks about bombing North Korea back into the stone age in what will almost certainly result in a calamitous waste of trillions more dollars, an unimaginable loss of lives, a major destruction of property and infrastructure and, possibly, the genesis of WW III.

    The U.S. (and the world at large) must come to its senses to quickly end the culture of war (and the proliferation of war machinery, particularly nuclear warheads) and instead embrace peaceful measures to resolve conflicts. Alas, no one wins in war!

    Ron Saywack.

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