I was told in 1964 that if I voted for Goldwater the war in Vietnam would be escalated. So I voted for Goldwater. And sure enough the war in Vietnam was escalated.
The war was stagnant until the Christmas 72 bombing in the north. We removed the restriction on B-52s on Hanoi for 12 days, and the north basically sued for peace. The operations plan for that campaign had been drawn up in 1965.
We never needed to send GI's into the jungles of the South Vietnam. We only needed to ring up uncle ho on the phone and tell him to get the hell out of South Vietnam or the bombers will be there next week. Then do it.
It worked in '72. It would have worked in '65. And in '75 as well, and we could have saved millions of lives had we done it again.
Haven't heard that one in a long time. LOL. Thanks for the memories.