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Why did the USA fail in the Vietnam War?

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  • 3 months ago
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    During WWII the US armed Ho Chi Mnih to fight the occupying army of Japan. This provided him with weapons and training that he used against the French occupation armies. The result was he became a national hero assured what ever side he took would win a popular election.

    Compounding the problem was LBJ's micromanaging the military efforts in South Vietnam. Operations that should have taken place he kept from taking place. Operations that should have been left undone he made the military do. Similar to actions of Truman that kept the US from winning the war in Korea.

    Lastly the press brought the war into everyone's living room. Every one of us knew a person who died in "nam" and we all had friends who were draft dodgers.

    Now here is the strange part- Vietnam is no longer the communist country it was in 1973. It has entered into the world of capitalism and exports products to the world now. In many ways it has become what the US was fighting for it to be back in the sixties and seventies. The war that could not be won with bullets was won through a trade war. If you prefer commerce achieved what military force could not.

    • Dj2541
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      3 months agoReport

      If  you  for  even one  moment  believe  that the  Govt of  Vietnam is not the same  ruthless  totalitarian machine that has  always  existed you need  to  get  out a bit  more!!!! People  disappear in Vietnam they have Gulags and re education  camps and the "Boat People" keep  coming.

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  • F
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    2 months ago

    They didn’t have the British to help them.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    They supported a very unpopular regime (and JFK knew this!) and Americans are foreigners. And nobody likes foreign invaders in their country, meddling in the affairs of the natives. For the Vietnamese it was like colonialism. Would American people like Russian or Chinese soldiers on American soil?

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  • 3 months ago

    They were trying to fight an ideology with weapons.

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  • Dj2541
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    3 months ago

    The incorrect  application of  over whelming military  power  and  might?

    Didnt  learn  from the French.

    Didnt  listen to advice  from  other  allies. It  would have been  useful  to the Americans  to have  taken on board  the  advice  of the  Australians  who  had been  fighting and winning in  Jungles  for the  previous  20  years?

    The classic T.V interview  between  an  American  General  and  an  Australian  one.The  American  raged  on  how  they were  going  to  wipe  out the enemies  "Lurking" in the  jungles  in  the  American  controlled  provinces of  Vietnam.The  Australians  answer  was that in the  Australian  controlled  provinces "WE, the Australians,  do the  Lurking".

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  • Elaine
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    3 months ago

    There are many reasons for the US failure in Viet Nam.  There was no political will to fight an unwinnable war. Westmoreland was denied the weapons that he requested. The US did not learn from the French experience in the Indochina War.  Diem was an unpopular leader who tried to be a dictator and the average Vietnamese saw the US as supporting a dictator. Some of us can remember seeing news clips of Buddhist monks immolating themselves on the streets of Saigon as a protest against Diem and Mme Ngu.  Then there are the military tactics to be considered.  The US used conventional warfare whereas the Viet Cong were apt students of "The Art of War". US troops used Agent Orange on villages and many innocent people were killed.  This turned many Viet Namese against the US. Until Walter Cronkite broadcast images from what was actually happening there had been wide spread support for the war BUT after the American population saw these images the mood of the country changed to not supporting this war.   

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  • 3 months ago

    They didn't - their goals were successful. Create a drug trade.

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  • 3 months ago

    The media............

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    • Fred
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      3 months agoReport

      Well Jimmy: New reporters of the time just loved burning aircraft as a backdrop.  Add in  video footage of a street execution  by a   point blank bullet into the side of a head at suppertime TV news and the American civilian dropped support of the conflict.

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  • 3 months ago

    Because president Johnson would not let us go in there an nuke the support for the cong back to the stone age.  Gee, why would anyone believe that stabilization forces which the french instituted actually work?  The french were 0:2 at the time!!!!! No winning strategy there...

    • Dj2541
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      3 months agoReport

      OMG   Nuke the  support, yeah  right like that was  going  to  happen ?????

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  • 3 months ago

    It was a war that was not winnable with armies and advanced weaponry -- they'd have lost even if they had used a nuclear bomb. And the Vietnamese were not willing to go the same way as Korea.

    the USSR (Russia) learned a similar lesson in Afghanistan (and relearning it in a few other places). And the USA will relearn in the rest of the middle east....

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    The Vietnamese made use of their knowledge of the terrain, specifically hiding in trees, to gain a tactical (#fixed) advantage.

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    • Dj2541
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      3 months agoReport

      I would have thought their  use of massive  tunnel  complexes  would have been  far more  effective than "hiding in trees"???

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