One of the more notable battles of the Vietnam War is Khe Sanh….there have been documentary after film about this battle….but since that was 50 years ago maybe some do not know what I am talking about…..
The U.S. military presence at Khe Sanh began in 1962, when Army Special Forces built a small camp near the village, located some 14 miles south of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Vietnam and 6 miles from the Laotian border on Route 9, the principal road from South Vietnam into Laos.
U.S. Marines built a garrison adjacent to the Army camp in 1966. In the fall of 1967, the People’s Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) began to build up its strength in the region, and U.S. officials began to suspect that Khe Sanh would be the target of an attack.
This short video that lets you get a grip on the action taking place….
I bring this to your attention after reading a declassified document about those days …..
The top commander of U.S. military forces in Vietnam readied nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield in the early months of the brutal 1968 battle at Khe Sanh, according to recently declassified documents obtained by the New York Times.
It is so sad that a nuke is their first response to the battle….did anyone consider the American troops in line with that possible nuke strike?
So sad that a nuke was even an option.
War, as French leader Georges Clemenceau famously said, is too important to be left to generals. Generals often see the battlefield in narrow terms, seeking victory at any price, if only to avoid the stain of defeat.
But what price victory if the world ends as a result?