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posted by robertfenix: “A Political Loss . . We could have won militarily but pressure from the politicians back home prevented the use of the appropriate measures to win the "war." [Edited by Don W]
Plain and simple we were handicapped like modern day Iraq . . youth movement in America started a grass roots to bring our troops home . . embarrassment to the politico's . . reduced soldier and family morale . . we lost sight of the objective . . why we were there . . became more how to stay in office . . look like the good guy . . led to the withdrawal of troops. [Edited by Don W]
We were not defeated but decided to "disengage" from the conflict. Many Many combat operations were called off due to the outcry about civilian casualties from the American people and international communities. [Edited by Don W]
When you have a border conflict were you are trying to prevent the incursion of enemy forces across the border the best policy is to decimate the landscape and create a no mans land at the border, then you can see the enemy movements and stop them from a safe distance. [Edited by Don W]
Multiple strafing runs by B-52's [carpet bombing] followed with A-10s and AC-130s would stop any enemy movements across the line . . you do it often enough and "hard" enough and eventually your enemy is no longer going to be willing to cross the line opting for long range "rifle" volleys which become easy targets from the air. But like usual our politicians become our military's worst enemy. [Edited by Don W]
posted by Dave Rabbit: “Hi Don...Not that I was in the INNER CIRCLE of decision makers.....but from my personal perspective....YES.....the military was NOT allowed to DO what they DO BEST. WHY? Two words....CHINA and RUSSIA. The U. S. could not afford to start WW III . . “
“ . . so instead of doing IRAQ on a FULL SCALE battle plan......a conservative battle was waged. Only when we began B-52 bombings on Hanoi, did serious aggression begin.... but it was quickly halted when CHINA and RUSSIA began to make subtle threats . . TWO STEPS forward....ONE STEP back. Then ONE STEP forward, TWO STEPS back. Again.... Vietnam was not a win . . The communist simply outlasted us. Just my 2 cents worth. Dave [Edited by Don W]
posted by Enkidu: “Vietnam was technically a "loss" for the U.S., but I believe we beat the spread.
Originally posted by rogue1
I disagree with the forestlady's statement smoewhat. Sure the VC were excellent guerilla fighters, but they also benefitted from safe bases of operations. North Vietnm, Cambodia and Laos. These places were virtually off limits for political reasons.
posted by northwolf: “I still find it hard to understand how US administrations thought it would be possible to contain the Vietminh VC with similar tactics that French used 10 years earlier. And how on earth they couldn't adapt to anti-guerilla warfare. US Special Forces did a good job at the beginning of the US direct involvement . With right support a small well trained SF force could have stopped the infiltration to south. At least a US SF veteran I knew said so. [Edited by Don W]