As Ronald Reagan said in 1965, Its 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.
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.
“....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.
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!
Liberals never do.
Vietnam facts I compiled.
It’s my webpage, but I don’t make any money or anything (no ads or stuff like that).
This is why I hope Walter Cronkite rots in hell.
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.
Whether or not we ultimately win the Vietnam War will be a function of winning or losing the War On Terror.
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.
The thing was the President Johnson was deathly afraid that if he pushed too hard in Vietnam that the Russians would push back by taking over the rest of Berlin. Then what? World War III?
The USA could have achieved a peace very similar to Korea, where the South would have quickly become prosperous, while the North became a brutally poor buffer state for China.
We would likely have to have remained committed to our South Vietnamese allies until 1976 or 1978. The death of Mao and the purging of the hard-left in China would eventually have changed Chinese and world communist support for North Vietnam.
everybody knew it but LBJ. Even his advisors knew it. They just had a different agenda as does the president today.
Johnson/Carter/Clinton/Obozo = haters of America pretending to be Presidents.
Maybe you could share what you can about the reality of Tet with those of us who weren’t there.
PING to a great interview.
The damage done to the South Vietnamese people by the left in this country cannot be calculated. Our military won every battle and won the war. The story being told by “historians” in this country is a lie. What WAS lost was the “peace” when the congressional democrats broke every promise made to the So. Vietnamese people between 1973 and 1975. They HANDED the south to the communists-something I suspected they wanted to do all along.
I was relatively young when this all happened, and it was here that I began to hate the demonRATs and the left. And I still do.
I will add one fact I doubt many of you ever heard.
During the build up to the Tet Offensive we were collecting all levels of Chinese and N Vietnamese Regulars in the areas around Saigon, Da Nang, Hue and all the other important sites in Nam. When they started hitting the cities it was only the press and the politicians that had no clue what was going on.
But - The most important thing that happened was that at the end of the Tet Offensive, the N. Vietnamese offered Ho Chi Min to us if we would stop the bombing.
So President Johnson did the same thing as he did earlier when we had bombed the north into submission - he stopped and waited for them to show up at the talks in Paris.
They waited how long?
3-4 months as I recall. In the mean time they rebuilt and rearmed through China and Russia.
Each time Johnson patiently had his negotiators waited in Paris - twiddling their thumbs while our men continued dieing.
If Johnson had of done what Westmorland and Abrams suggested, the North would be told to get to Paris anyway they could and when a treaty or truce was signed, then and only then would we stop bombing them. Instead, we cleared the airspace and allowed any and all flights out of Hanoi in the hopes that they were going to Paris.
I know these facts because I was the only one who saw and handled the messages given directly to Generals Westmorland & Abrams. I took the online encrypted messages to offline encryption and then directly to General Westmorland’s Adjutant who then handed it directly to General Westmorland (in my presence).
I then waited for further instructions and reversed the process of encryption to transmit their response to Washington.
Only I, the Adjutant and the two Generals knew what was in those messages (well - and the Senate Arms Limitation Committee and I suppose Pres Johnson). When I left the service I was specifically told not to disclose any information I gathered in my duties while in this Top Secret position.
I have told others of this in the past as I am telling you this now. I will continue to do so until my dying day in hopes that the story will be written correctly and not the way the press wrote it.
I also did some things which helped our cause during the Tet Offensive. I delayed messages (Officially) reaching Westmorland and Abrams until they could take specific action to prevent the Viet Cong, Chinese and N Vietnamese Regulars from getting their equipment back into the DMZ on their exit and TET Failure.
- But that is an entirely other story.