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dreissig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-16-03 12:35 AM
Response to Reply #55
57. War Protesters
We lost Vietnam in the field. We'd send out patrols, sometimes we'd encounter Viet Cong, sometimes we didn't. The war was "scored" like a sporting event - by body count. The Viet Cong didn't see the war on our terms, however. They figured that there was a fixed, maximum number of U.S. casualties.

Our method of scoring the war didn't induce the Viet Cong to surrender. Nixon tried some other approaches, including bombing the populated areas of North Vietnam. But even that didn't get them to quit.

We withdrew in disgrace in the early 70's. By 1980, however, the right wing had come up with a revision of history that put the blame on the antiwar movement. This revision has been repeated to the point that a lot of people believe it. However, the Vietnam War was lost in Vietnam, not in the United States.
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