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Boston101 Post time: 2015-10-18 07:48
The actual "war" part of Iraq and Afghanistan, the US won handily and incredibly quick. The Vietn ...
The Vietnam War, again, every major military engagement was won by the US. The aftermath (occupation, pacification, rebuilding) were unmitigated catastrophes because of just how differently wars are fought today.
A lot of half-truths and misrepresentation of historical facts there.
From 1964 onward, President Johnson was pressured by the Joint Chiefs to escalate the war, which was by then bogged down. Johnson was keen to protect his Great Society Program and was less supportive of the Vietnam invasion.But he did not want the stigma of a lost war on his watch, so he gave free rein to the Joint Chiefs up to but not including tactical nukes.
Joint Chiefs escalated the was by bombing with B52s close to the Chinese border, mined Haiphong and sent troops into Cambodia, Laos and all parts of South Vietnam. Meanwhile the USN bombarded Vietnam carriers and from the battleship New Jersey This course of action greatly risked an open war with PRC China, the Joint Chiefs was willing to accept that risk, knowing China will lose and lose again if it resorts to nukes.
Johnson said to the Joint Chiefs and McNamara that the all out onslaught by them was not winning the war, bu the Joint Chiefs was determinated not to suffer the political consequences of losing a war, which far outweighed, for them, the human costs of continuing.
In the end, USA lost the war and was forced into a hasty and humiliating withdrawal under Nixon. By then, USofA suffered 58,000 soldiers and lost its credibility in S.E.Asia