Monday, November 28, 2016

Why the US "lost" the Vietnam war


There is an important Letter to the Editor in a "Free for Fall" in the Washington Post, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, p. A13, "Why South Vietnam was defeated", here.

The letter emphasizes that the withdrawal of US military aid from 1973 on led to the downfall of the South, and eventual capitulation in 1975, even though Vietnam has recovered as a quasi-capitalist country since then.  The Domino Theory, which so affected my own life,

Our military may have won the war, but the politicians lost it.  And the war was fought with a very unequal system of conscription (there was a lottery starting in 1969).  Indeed, the disadvantaged and blacks did proportionally more sacrificing. 

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