Vietnam War

How would you describe the Vietnam War?

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2017-11-02 04:25:26

Frankly, the Vietnam War was the Wrong War, at the Wrong Time,

with the Wrong People, fought the Wrong Way, for the Wrong

Reasons.

The Vietnamese had been struggling to throw off foreign powers

for over 30 years before the US became involved- first it was the

French, then the Japanese, then the French again, and finally, the

Americans. In reality, we involved ourselves in a colonial war,

where the local people were mainly trying to simply trying to gain

their own country back from foreign overlords.

Yes, most of the revolutionaries were Communist. However, that

*should* have been no excuse to side with a corrupt, oppressive

government, which was what the South Vietnamese Government most

certainly was. The SVG was despised by its own people, and few of

the SV citizenry really welcomed outsiders. Few SV wanted a

Communist state, but the existing SV government was little better

than a corrupt dictatorship.

The war was completely mismanaged, from both a military and a

political point of view. The US looked at Vietnam through our own

biases, and saw what we wanted to see, not what was actually

happening. Consequently, we made a long series of poor decisions,

which ended up killing a bunch of Americans to no good purpose, and

a much larger number of Vietnamese (50,000 dead US, 1 million+ dead

Vietnamese). The reality was that the nature of the war was a civil

war fought with both guerilla and traditional combat tactics. The

U.S. chose to view it as a war of invasion, and assumed that

traditional combat was the primary mode. Thus, the political and

military tactics chosen were based on a misconception of the actual

type of war being fought, and were ineffective or misdirected.


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