What were the lasting results of the Vietnam war for the US?

As the first 'televised' war, it crushed a lot of the myths about the nobility of serving in war.

The generation gap between the generation that had fought WW2 (and Korea) and the "baby boomers" was cresting at the time the war was beginning to be questioned; even elements of the older establishment, like the respected newsman Walter Cronkite, were beginning to question whether the US could win the war, and if so, what we would gain by doing so.

The late 1960's had been marked by cynicism and distrust of authority by the emerging generation, which not so incidentally, was eligible for the draft, "selective service".

Support for the war was on the wane by the time of the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, which made it impossible for the US to supply the war effort in southeast Asia.

There was a great sigh of relief when the US pulled out.

Unfortunately, the US tends to have a very short collective memory, which is certainly reinforced by our culture, which disdains tradition, and glorifies 'the latest thing'. What then, did we take away from the experience?

The US does not have the stomach for prolonged foreign wars.

Unless the US is under attack by warships in New York harbor, we will not suffer a draft again.

The Pentagon, the President, or anybody else advocating war must wrap the action up in patriotic goo to get the country to agree.

It's not a good idea to call the military action a "war". "Police action" or "liberation" goes down much easier.

The Pentagon faced its first hands down defeat. The effects of this embarassment are still very much in evidence in the planning and deployment the Pentagon uses today.

WE did Not lose the war. We won every major battle and slaughtered almost 1,000,000 enemy soldiers. The US soldiers fought valiantly but was hamstrung by political decisions. No, the soldiers did not lose this war. I am still haunted by the fact of 58,000 young men and women who are no longer with us. I will not allow their precious sacrifice to be tossed aside by such careless statements as we lost the war. Robert Woodruff

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Actually, Mr. Woodruff, if the American army won all of the "major" battles, and "slaughtered almost 1,000,000 enemy soldiers", explain to me why they did not win the most important battle, the Fall of Saigon? Obviously, the political problems were that the American president at the time felt the need that the war was about to end in terms of the Viet Cong successfully taking over Vietnam and wanted to further prevent unnecessary death, your logic is flawed.

Vietnam is still communist today, going against every promise that America would refuse to let communism spread all around Vietnam.

There is a major difference between winning the "major battles" and winning the "war" itself. Winning major battles makes no difference if the outcome is a loss. A "war" consists of many major battles and many minor battles. Even winning all of the "major" battles would not allot you the win.

Once again, ignorance is not an excuse for not being able to see the logic.