Why did General Giap believe that the vietnamese could defeat the Americans even if they suffered greater casualties?
General Giap was a very wily military commander and was more experienced than the American leadership would believe. He understood that war was not about numbers or equipment …or even casualty statistics. Winning war is about breaking the enemies' will to fight. It is proven in history that a people fighting to protect their homeland will fight harder and longer to do so. Giap knew this, and he proved it by defeating "superior" French colonial forces some years before with his guerrilla army. He knew the same could be done to the US; he knew that the Vietnamese would fight to the last and that the Americans would withdraw before it came to that. Giap was not worried about that casualties would end his war effort; his guerrilla style would ensure that the enemy was incapable of completely subduing him. It took some years and many casualties on all sides, but eventually Giap's strategy would prove instrumental in securing victory over the US by voluntary withdrawal, not total surrender. (MORE)