that was their objective
unlike us, they began their efforts having a defined objective
you speak of slaughter, yet the VC had a code of honor in the way they treated the civilians, which code of conduct likely aided their efforts to gain victory
yes, those who opposed their military and political efforts were dealt with harshly. but there was no wanton slaughter by the VC/NVA ... only wish i could say the same for us (my lai)(1) Not to do what is likely to damage the land and crops or spoil the houses and belongings of the people;
(2) Not to insist on buying or borrowing what the people are not willing to sell or lend;
(3) Never to break our word;
(4) Not to do or speak what is likely to make people believe that we hold them in contempt;
(5) To help them in their daily work (harvesting, fetching firewood, carrying water, sewing, etc.)
'I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.' - Bobby Kennedy
Uhh seriously.... The communists won. We pulled out (gave up) and said well South your on your own now..
We should of never got in the war...
"This Administration will constantly strive to promote an ownership society in America. We want more people owning their own home. It is in our national interest that more people own their own home. After all, if you own your own home, you have a vital stake in the future of our country."" GWB
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.