When one gets into a conversation about the Vietnam War there is always an armchair general that knows all there is as to why the US lost that war.
Ken Burns new documentary on the Vietnam War has given rise to more analysis of this conflict.
This is a good opportunity to discuss the War….a discussion that should have been had 40 years ago.
The U.S was not simply outfought. It was out-thought. .. For all of the self-satisfied voyeurism surrounding the Vietnam War, it’s hard to find a concrete idea about why the U.S. lost. For more than a decade, the U.S. had declared that it would not let Vietnam fall to the communists. Yet, Vietnam fell to the communists. Why?The absence of a clear explanation is not an accident. None of the institutions that led the U.S. into the War or prosecuted the War want to be tarred with having lost the War. They would rather its loss be left ambiguous, murky. Or worse, blamed on others.