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Revisiting the Vietnam War: The Legacy of the Tet Offensive (burying a dangerous historical myth)
National Review ^ | 09/30/2010 | James S. Robbins

Posted on 09/30/2010 7:23:58 AM PDT by WebFocus

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1 posted on 09/30/2010 7:24:00 AM PDT by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

FINALLY!


2 posted on 09/30/2010 7:30:40 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: WebFocus

As Ronald Reagan said in 1965, “It’s silly talking about how many years we will have to stay in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.”

A-stan wouldn’t even have tree stumps to block the pavers.


3 posted on 09/30/2010 7:30:44 AM PDT by jessduntno (9/24/10, FBI raids home of appropriately named AAAN leader Hatem Abudayyeh, a friend of Obama.)
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A lot of people think the Tet offensive was won by the North Vietnamese. In truth, it was a dismal failure for them and the US wiped out most of their conventional forces. They had to resort to a guerrilla was after that.


4 posted on 09/30/2010 7:31:09 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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“....making North Vietnam off-limits to ground operations,..”

I served with a guy who went in with a team to N Vietnam...the Navy took them up there on a submarine...then they paddled in on a rubber boat...the purpose was to inspect a beach to see if it was fit for amphibious landings...the Marines like to know everything about a beach when they make invasion plans...and they were tasked to develop a plan for an amphibious assault into N. Vietnam.


5 posted on 09/30/2010 7:31:58 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: WebFocus
There is a big difference between trying to win and trying not to lose.

AMEN and Amen!

The truth is that Tet 68 brought to fruition a long held objective of the U.S. military in Viet Nam in that the Viet Cong were well and truly destroyed as a fighting force. In other words, the "news" media in this country turned what was in reality a major victory into a defeat and I will forever HATE them for doing so!

6 posted on 09/30/2010 7:33:09 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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Unfortunately, LBJ simply did not understand the Communist worldview.

Liberals never do.

7 posted on 09/30/2010 7:35:50 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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There’s a more important conflict to be won here before we commit any more blood or treasure overseas.


8 posted on 09/30/2010 7:38:00 AM PDT by tired1 (Federalize the Fed)
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To: WebFocus

Vietnam facts I compiled.

http://blogonator.com/Blog-O-Nator/Vietnam_Myths.html

It’s my webpage, but I don’t make any money or anything (no ads or stuff like that).


9 posted on 09/30/2010 7:43:58 AM PDT by Noamie
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This is why I hope Walter Cronkite rots in hell.


10 posted on 09/30/2010 7:47:45 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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The US never lost a single battle in Viet Nam and never suffered casualties that were more than a fraction of what the North lost in any engagement. Yet because of LBJ’s insistence on not bombing NV, not calling out Ho Chi Mihn and not cutting off the Ho Chi Mihn Trail we wound up losing the war. Unforgiveable. Even worse...Nixon managed to pull out most of the US troops and train the ARVN to the point where, with adequate US air support they were kicking the North’s ass pretty durn good. After Nixon’s resignation the democrap Congress completely turned off all funding for the effort and just handed VN over to the commies...letting all of our war dead lie dead for a wasted effort. I’ll never forgive the democrats for what they did. I’ll never forgive the media either. They consciously lied about what was happening in the war and deliberately mislead the people in an effort to allow a win for their idealogical soul mates. Damn them all.


11 posted on 09/30/2010 7:50:40 AM PDT by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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That is entirely correct. The commanding NVA general (his name slips my mind) said, in papers published years later, that the North Vietnamese Army after Tet could not wage an effective division-sized campaign for at least six months. Their “victory” had crippled them. If we had struck with everything we had, Ho Chi Minh City would today be known as Westmoreland.


12 posted on 09/30/2010 7:51:19 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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I second that!


13 posted on 09/30/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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Great information. I am bookmarking and will provide to my 2 high school kids for when this comes up.
14 posted on 09/30/2010 7:53:12 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Add some short, faux intellectual phrase here:)
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Excellent work! I would only add that the ARVN lost after U.S. Forces pulled out ONLY because the United States Congress (under long democrat control at the time) cut off their funding! It is VERY hard to fight a war without resources!


15 posted on 09/30/2010 7:54:20 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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Spot on!

Great post!


16 posted on 09/30/2010 7:56:26 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: WebFocus

Whether or not we ultimately win the Vietnam War will be a function of winning or losing the War On Terror.


17 posted on 09/30/2010 7:58:17 AM PDT by onedoug
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Good to “see” you my FRiend!


18 posted on 09/30/2010 7:58:57 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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A lot of people think the Tet offensive was won by the North Vietnamese. In truth, it was a dismal failure for them and the US wiped out most of their conventional forces

Well, that is somewhat beside the point. George Washington lost most of his battles too as did the commies who were fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. The important victories in war, especially guerrilla war, are ones of perception and the ability to keep the war going by the enemy. And in this sense Tet was a NVA victory. It showed that U.S. forces could be attacked anywhere and everywhere and that the war could be endless. In this sense, it dealt a gigantic psychological blow which ultimately led to LBJ's bombing halt and Nixon's Vietnamization.

19 posted on 09/30/2010 8:00:06 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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Another canard the left loves to throw out is that Ho Chi Minh asked for our help against the French, and only became a Communist after we refused him.

The fact is, he was a full-fledged member of the Comintern ever since the 1920s, and was never going to be a friend of the US whether we sided with him against the French, or not.


20 posted on 09/30/2010 8:02:40 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers - AL West Champions)
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