Vietnam: Looking Back - At The Facts
Jun 01 © By: K. G. Sears, Ph.D.
reason Americaís agonizing perception of "Vietnam" will not go away,
is because that perception is wrong. Itís out of place in the American psyche,
and it continues to fester in much the same way battle wounds fester when
shrapnel or other foreign matter is left in the body. It is not normal behavior
for Americans to idolize mass murdering despots, to champion the cause of
slavery, to abandon friends and allies, or to cut and run in the face of
adversity. Why then did so many Americans engage in these types of activities
during the countryís "Vietnam" experience?
That the American experience in Vietnam was painful and ended in long lasting
(albeit self-inflicted) grief and misery can not be disputed. However, the
reasons behind that grief and misery are not even remotely understood - by
either the American people or their government. Contradictory to popular belief,
and a whole lot of wishful thinking by a solid corps of some 16,000,000+
American draft dodgers and their families / supporters, it was not a military
defeat that brought misfortune to the American effort in Vietnam.
The United States military in Vietnam was the best educated, best trained, best
disciplined and most successful force ever fielded in the history of American
arms. Why then, did it get such bad press, and, why is the publicís opinion of
them so twisted? The answer is simple. But first a few relevant comparisons.
During the Civil War, at the Battle of Bull Run, the entire Union Army panicked
and fled the battlefield. Nothing even remotely resembling that debacle ever
occurred in Vietnam.
In WWII at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, elements of the US Army were overrun
by the Germans. In the course of that battle, Hitlerís General Rommel (The
Desert Fox) inflicted 3,100 US casualties, took 3,700 US prisoners and captured
or destroyed 198 American tanks. In Vietnam no US Military units were overrun
and no US Military infantry units or tank outfits were captured.
WW II again. In the Philippines, US Army Generals Jonathan Wainwright and Edward
King surrendered themselves and their troops to the Japanese. In Vietnam no US
generals, or US military units ever surrendered.
Before the Normandy invasion ("D" Day, 1944) the US Army (In WW II the
US Army included the Army Air Corps which today has become the US Airforce) in
England filled its own jails with American soldiers who refused to fight and
then had to rent jail space from the British to handle the overflow. The US Army
in Vietnam never had to rent jail space from the Vietnamese to incarcerate
American soldiers who refused to fight.
Desertion. Only about 5,000 men assigned to Vietnam deserted and just 249 of
those deserted while in Vietnam. During WW II, in the European Theater alone,
over 20,000 US Military men were convicted of dissertation and, on a comparable
percentage basis, the overall WW II desertion rate was 55 percent higher than in
During the WW II Battle of the Bulge in Europe two regiments of the US Armyís
106th Division surrendered to the Germans. Again: In Vietnam no US Army unit
The highest ranking American soldier killed in WW II was Lt. (three star)
General Leslie J. McNair. He was killed when American war planes accidentally
bombed his position during the invasion of Europe. In Vietnam there were no
American generals killed by American bombers.
As for brutality: During WW II the US Army executed nearly 300 of its own men.
In the European Theater alone, the US Army sentenced 443 American soldiers to
death. Most of these sentences were for the rape and or murder of civilians.
In the Korean War, Major General William F. Dean, commander of the 24th Infantry
Division, was taken prisoner of war (POW). In Vietnam no US generals, much less
division commanders, were ever taken prisoner.
During the Korean War the US Army was forced into the longest retreat in its
history. A catastrophic 275 mile withdrawal from the Yalu River all the way to
Pyontaek, 45 miles south of Seoul. In the process they lost the capital city of
Seoul. The US Military in Vietnam was never compelled into a major retreat nor
did it ever abandon Saigon to the enemy.
The 1st US Marine Division was driven from the Chosin Reservoir and forced into
an emergency evacuation from the Korean port of Hungnam. There they were joined
by other US Army and South Korean soldiers and the US Navy eventually evacuated
105,000 Allied troops from that port. In Vietnam there was never any mass
evacuation of US Marine, South Vietnamese or Allied troop units.
Other items: Only 25 percent of the US Military who served in Vietnam were
draftees. During WW II, 66 percent of the troops were draftees. The Vietnam
force contained three times as many college graduates as did the WW II force.
The average education level of the enlisted man in Vietnam was 13 years,
equivalent to one year of college. Of those who enlisted, 79 percent had high
school diplomas. This at a time when only 65% of the military age males in the
general American population were high school graduates.
The average age of the military men who died in Vietnam was 22.8 years old. Of
the one hundred and one (101) 18 year old draftees who died in Vietnam; seven of
them were black. Blacks accounted for 11.2 percent the combat deaths in Vietnam.
At that time black males of military age constituted 13.5 percent of the
American population. It should also be clearly noted that volunteers suffered
77% of the casualties, and accounted for 73% of the Vietnam deaths.
The charge that the "poor" died in disproportionate numbers is also a
myth. An MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) study of Vietnam death
rates, conducted by Professor Arnold Barnett, revealed that servicemen from the
richest 10 percent of the nations communities had the same distribution of
deaths as the rest of the nation. In fact his study showed that the death rate
in the upper income communities of Beverly Hills, Belmont, Chevy Chase, and
Great Neck exceeded the national average in three of the four, and, when the
four were added together and averaged, that number also exceeded the national
On the issue of psychological health: Mental problems attributed to service in
Vietnam are referred to as PTSD. Civil War veterans suffered "Soldiers
heart" in WW I the term was "Shell shock" during WW II and in
Korea it was "Battle fatigue." Military records indicate that Civil
War psychological casualties averaged twenty six per thousand men. In WW II some
units experienced over 100 psychiatric casualties per 1,000 troops; in Korea
nearly one quarter of all battlefield medical evacuations were due to mental
stress. That works out to about 50 per 1,000 troops. In Vietnam the comparable
average was 5 per 1,000 troops.
To put Vietnam in its proper perspective it is necessary to understand that the
US Military was not defeated in Vietnam and that the South Vietnamese government
did not collapse due to mismanagement or corruption, nor was it overthrown by
revolutionary guerrillas running around in rubber tire sandals, wearing black
pajamas and carrying home made weapons. There was no "general
uprising" or "revolt" by the southern population. Saigon was
overrun by a conventional army made up of seventeen conventional divisions,
organized into four army corps. This totally conventional force (armed,
equipped, trained and supplied by the Soviet Union) launched a cross border,
frontal attack on South Vietnam and conquered it, in the same manner as Hitler
conquered most of Europe in WW II. A quick synopsis of Americaís "Vietnam
experience" will help summarize and clarify the Vietnam scenario:
Prior to 1965; US Advisors and AID only
1965 - 1967; Buildup of US Forces and logistical supply bases, plus heavy
fighting to counter Communist North Vietnamese invasion.
1968 - 1970; Communist "insurgency" destroyed to the point where over
90% of the towns and villages in South Vietnam were free from Communist
domination. As an example: By 1971 throughout the entire populous Mekong Delta,
the monthly rate of Communist insurgency action dropped to an average of 3
incidents per 100,000 population (Many a US city would envy a crime rate that
low). In 1969 Nixon started troop withdrawals that were essentially complete by
Dec 1972; Paris Peace Agreements negotiated and agreed by North Vietnam, South
Vietnam, the Southern Vietnamese Communists (VC, NLF / PRG) and the United
Jan 1973; All four parties formally sign Paris Peace Agreements.
Mar 1973; Last US POW released from Hanoi Hilton, and in accordance with Paris
Agreements, last American GI leaves Vietnam.
Aug 1973; US Congress passes the Case - Church law which forbids, US
naval forces from sailing on the seas surrounding, US ground forces from
operating on the land of, and US air forces from flying in the air over South
Vietnam, North Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. This at a time when America had drawn
its Cold War battle lines and as a result had the US Navy protecting Taiwan,
50,000 troops in South Korea and over 300,000 troops in Western Europe (Which
has a land area, economy and population comparable to that of the United
States), along with ironclad guarantees that if Communist forces should cross
any of those Cold War lines or Soviet Armor should role across either the DMZ in
Korea or the Iron Curtain in Europe, then there would be an unlimited response
by the armed forces of the United States, to include if necessary, the use of
nuclear weapons. In addition, these defense commitments required the annual
expenditure of hundreds of billions of US dollars. Conversely, in 1975 when
Soviet armor rolled across the international borders of South Vietnam, the US
military response was nothing. In addition, Congress cut off all AID to the
South Vietnamese and would not provide them with as much as a single bullet.
In spite of the Case - Church Congressional guarantee, the North
Vietnamese were very leery of US President Nixon. They viewed him as one
unpredictable, incredibly tough nut. He had, in 1972, for the first time in
the War, mined Hai Phong Harbor and sent the B-52 bombers against the North to
force them into signing the Paris Peace Agreements. Previously the B-52s had
been used only against Communist troop concentrations in remote regions of South
Vietnam and occasionally against carefully selected sanctuaries in Cambodia,
plus against both sanctuaries and supply lines in Laos.
Aug 1974; Nixon resigns.
Sept 1974: North Vietnamese hold special meeting to evaluate Nixonís
resignation and decide to test implications.
Dec 1974: North Vietnamese invade South Vietnamese Province of Phouc Long
located north of Saigon on Cambodian border.
Jan 1975: North Vietnamese capture Phuoc Long provincial capitol of Phuoc Binh.
Sit and wait for US reaction. No reaction.
Mar 1975; North Vietnam mounts full-scale invasion. Seventeen North Vietnamese
conventional divisions (more divisions than the US Army has had on duty at any
time since WW II) were formed into four conventional army corps (This was the
entire North Vietnamese army. Because the US Congress had unconditionally
guaranteed no military action against North Vietnam, there was no need for them
to keep forces in reserve to protect their home bases, flanks or supply lines),
and launched a wholly conventional cross-border, frontal-attack. Then, using the
age-old tactics of mass and maneuver, they defeated the South Vietnamese Army in
The complete description of this North Vietnamese Army (NVA) classical military
victory is best expressed in the words of the NVA general who commanded it.
Recommended reading: Great Spring Victory by General Tien Van Dung, NVA
Foreign Broadcast Information Service, Volume I, 7 Jun 76 and Volume II, 7 Jul
76. General Dungís account of the final battle for South Vietnam reads like it
was taken right out of a US Army manual on offensive military operations. His
description of the mass and maneuver were exquisite. His selection of South
Vietnamís army as the "Center of gravity" could have been written by
General Carl von Clausewitz himself. General Dungís account goes into graphic
detail on his battle moves aimed at destroying South Vietnamís armed forces
and their war materials. He never once, not even once, ever mentions a single
word about revolutionary warfare or guerilla tactics contributing in any way
to his Great Spring Victory.
Another Aspect - US Military battle deaths by year:
Prior to 1966 - 3,078 (Total up through 31 Dec 65)
1966 - 5,008
1967 - 9,378
1968 - 14, 589 (Total while JFK & LBJ were on watch - 32,053)
1969 - 9,414
1970 - 4,221
1971 - 1,381
1972 - 300 (Total while Nixon was on watch - 15,316)
Source of these numbers is the Southeast Asia Statistical Summary, Office of the
Assistant Secretary or Defense and were provided to the author by the US Army
War College Library, Carlisle Barracks, PA 17023. Numbers are battle deaths only
and do not include ordinary accidents, heart attacks, murder victims, those who
died in knife fights in barroom brawls, suicides, etc. Those who think these
numbers represent "heavy fighting" and some of the "bloodiest
battles" in US history should consider the fact that the Allied Forces lost
9,758 men killed just storming the Normandy Beaches; 6,603 were Americans. The
US Marines, in the 25 days between 19 Feb 45 and 16 Mar 45, lost nearly 7,000
men killed in their battle for the tiny island of Iwo Jima.
By comparison the single bloodiest day in the Vietnam War for the Americans was
on 17 Nov 65 when elements of the 7th Cav (Custerís old outfit) lost 155 men
killed in a battle with elements of two North Vietnamese Regular Army regiments
(33rd & 66th) near the Cambodian border southwest of Pleiku.
During its Normandy battles in 1944 the US 90th Infantry Division, (roughly
15,000+ men) over a six week period, had to replace 150% of its officers and
more than 100% of its men. The 173rd Airborne Brigade (normally there are 3
brigades to a division) served in Vietnam for a total of 2,301 days, and holds
the record for the longest continuous service under fire of any American unit,
ever. During that (6 year, 3+ month) period the 173rd lost 1,601 (roughly 31%)
of its men killed in action.
Further Food For thought
Casualties tell the tale. Again, the US Army War College Library provides
numbers. The former South Vietnam was made up of 44 provinces. The province that
claimed the most Americans killed was Quang Tri, which bordered on both North
Vietnam and Laos. Fifty four percent of the Americans killed in Vietnam were
killed in the four northernmost provinces, which in addition to Quang Tri were
Thua Thien, Quang Nam and Quan Tin. All of them shared borders with Laos. An
additional six provinces accounted for another 25 % of the Americans killed in
action (KIA). Those six all shared borders with either Laos or Cambodia or had
contiguous borders with provinces that did. The remaining 34 provinces accounted
for just 21% of US KIA. These numbers should dispel the notion that South
Vietnam was some kind of flaming inferno of violent revolutionary dissent. The
overwhelming majority of Americans killed, died in border battles against
regular NVA units. The policies established by Johnson and McNamara prevented
the American soldiers from crossing those borders and destroying their enemies.
Expressed in WW II terms; this is the functional equivalent of having sent the
American soldiers to fight in Europe during WW II, but restricting them to
Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, etc., and not letting them cross the borders
into Germany, the source of the problem. General Curtis LeMAY aptly defined
Johnsonís war policy in South Vietnam by saying that "We are swatting
flies in the South when we should be going after the manure pile in Hanoi."
Looking back it is now clear that the American military role in
"Vietnam" was, in essence, one of defending international borders.
Contrary to popular belief, they turned in an outstanding performance and
accomplished their mission. The US Military was not "Driven" from
Vietnam. They were voted out by the US Congress. This same Congress then turned
around and abandoned Americaís former ally, South Vietnam. Should America feel
shame? Yes! Why? For kowtowing to the wishes of those craven hoards of dodgers
and for bugging out and abandoning an ally they had promised to protect.
The idea that "There were no front lines." and "The enemy was
everywhere." makes good press and feeds the craven needs of those
16,000,000+ American draft dodgers. Add either a mommy or a poppa, and throw in
another sympathizer in the form of a girl (or boy?) friend and your looking at
well in excess of 50,000,000 Americans with a need to rationalize away their
draft-dodging cowardice and to, in some way, vilify "Vietnam" the very
source of their shame and guilt. During the entire period of the American
involvement in "Vietnam" only 2,594,000 US Military actual served
inside the country. Contrast that number with the 50-million plus draft dodging
anti-war crowd and you have the answer to why the American view of its Vietnam
experience is so skewed.
Johnson made two monumental Vietnam blunders. First he failed to get a
declaration of war, which he could have easily had. The Gulf of Tonkin
Resolution, which LBJ regarded as the "Functional equivalent of a formal
declaration of war." was passed unanimously by the House and there were
only two dissenting votes cast in the Senate. This would have altered the
judicial state of the nation, exactly as the Founding Fathers had intended. The
Founding Fathers were all veterans of the American Revolutionary War and knew
just how hard it had been to maintain public support during their war (At one
point, 80% of the "American" people were against that War. If the
Founding Fathers had bowed to public opinion, today we would still be British
subjects not American citizens). A formal declaration of war would have allowed
for control of the press. If Vietnam had been fought under WW II conditions
(during WW II Congress formally declared war) folks who gave aid and comfort to
the enemy, people in the ilk of Jane Fonda and Walter Cronkite, would have been
charged with treason, tried, found guilty (their "treasonous acts"
were on film / video tape), and then hanged by the neck until dead. Second, LBJ
exempted college kids from the draft. Presto! The nationís campuses
immediately filled with dastardly little dodgers and became boiling cauldrons of
violent rampaging dissent. The dodgers knew they were acting cowardly and could
appease their conscience only if they could convince themselves that the war was
somehow immoral. Once the "immoral" escape concept emerged and became
creditable, it spread across the college campuses and out into the main streets
of America like wild fire. Miraculously, acts of cowardice were transformed into
respectable acts of defiance. Anti-war protests and violent demonstrations
became the accepted norm. However, when one goes back and scrutinizes those
anti-war demonstrations, one quickly finds they were not really against the war.
They were only against the side fighting the Communists! This of
course turns out to be the side which had the army, from which the dodgers were
Once the draft dodging gangís numbers reached critical mass, the media and
politicians started pandering to those numbers (with media it is either
circulation numbers or Nielsen ratings. With politicians it is votes).
Multi-million dollar salaries are not paid to people for reporting the news, in
any form, be it written, audio or video. Multi-million dollar salaries (e.g.,
Cronkite) are paid to entertainers, stars and superstars. One does not get to
be, much less continue to be, a superstar unless one gives oneís audience what
it wants. Once the dodging anti-war numbers started climbing through the
stratosphere it was not in the mediaís interest to say something good about
Vietnam to an audience that was guilt ridden with shame and with a deep
psychological need to rationalize away the very source of their burden of guilt.
A good example of this number pandering can be found in a 1969 Life
magazine feature article in which Lifeís editors published the
portraits of 250 men that were killed in Vietnam in one "routine
week." This was supposedly done to illustrate Lifeís concern for
the sanctity of human life; American human life (During WW II the U.S. Media
were not allowed to publish the picture of a single dead G.I until after the
invasion of Normandy, D-Day 1944, was successful). And furthermore, to starkly
illustrate the Vietnam tragedy with a dramatic reminder (i.e., the faces staring
out of those pages), that those anonymous casualty numbers were in fact the
sons, brothers and husbands of neighbors. In 1969 the weekly average death toll
from highway accidents in the United States was 1,082. If indeed Lifeís
concern was for the sanctity of American lives, why not publish the 1,082
portraits of the folks who were killed in one "routine week" on the
nationís highways? Then they could have shown photos of not only the sons,
brothers and husbands of neighbors, but could have depicted dead daughters,
mothers, grandmothers, aunts, babies, cripples, fools and draft dodgers as well.
No way. Life knew where its "numbers" were.
The most glaring example of the existence of the dodging guilt syndrome can be
found in a statement made by the ranking head dodger himself. When asked for his
reaction to McNamaraís book In Retrospect, Clintonís spontaneous
response was "I feel vindicated." (of his cowardly act of dodging the
draft). Clinton is a lawyer and understands the use of the English language very
well. For one to "feel" vindicated, as opposed to being
vindicated, one must first have been, by definition, feeling guilty.
The Battle of Xuan Loc; Mar 17 - Apr 17, 1975 & The End
Xuan Loc was the last major battle for South Vietnam. It sits astride Q.
L. (National Road) #1, some 40 odd miles to the northeast of Saigon (on the road
to Phan Thiet), and was the capitol of South Vietnamís Long Khanh province.
The NVA (North Vietnamese Army) attack fell on the ARVN (Army Republic of
Vietnam) 18th Division.
On 17 Mar 75 the NVA Sixth and Seventh Divisions attacked Xuan Loc but were
repulsed by the ARVN 18th. On 9 Apr 75 the NVA 341st Division joined the attack.
After a four thousand round artillery bombardment, these three divisions massed,
and, spearheaded by Soviet tanks, assaulted Xuan Loc; but again the ARVN 18th
held its ground. The NVA reinforced with their 325th Division and began moving
their 10th and 304th Divisions into position. Eventually, in a classic example
of the military art of "Mass and Maneuver" the NVA massed 40,000 men
and overran Xuan Loc.
During this fight, the ARVN 18th had 5,000 soldiers at Xuan Loc. These men
managed to virtually destroy 3 NVA Divisions, but on 17 Apr 75 they were
overwhelmed by sheer numbers and the weight of the "Mass." Before
overrunning Xuan Loc the NVA had committed six full divisions, plus a host
various support troops.
In the Sorrow of War, author and NVA veteran Bao Ninh writes of this
battle: "Remember when we chased Division 18 southern soldiers all over
Xuan Loc? My tank tracks were choked
up with skin and hair and blood. And the bloody maggots. And the fucking flies.
Had to drive through a river to get the stuff out of my tracks." He also
writes "After a while I could tell the difference between mud and bodies,
logs and bodies. They were like sacks of water. Theyíd pop open when I ran
over them. Pop! Pop!"
Itís ironic that in spite of all the hype and hullabaloo about the
"Viet Cong" and the "American Soldiers" both were absent
from the final battles for South Vietnam. The Viet Cong had been bludgeoned to
death (During Tet 1968) on the streets of the cities, towns, and hamlets of
South Vietnam. The Americans had left under the terms of the Paris Peace
Agreements, and then were barred by the US Congress, from ever returning. The
end came in the form of a cross border invasion. Two conventional armies fought
it out using strategies and tactics as old as warfare itself.
A quick word about the South Vietnamese government lacking support from the
people, and of the so called "Popular support" for the Communists.
During the 1968 Tet Offensive the Communists attacked 155 cities, towns and
hamlets in South Vietnam. In not one instance did the people rise up to support
the Communists. The general uprising was a complete illusion. The people did
rise, but in revulsion and resistance to the invaders. At the end of thirty
days, not one single communist flag was flying over any of those 155 cities,
towns or hamlets. The citizens of South Vietnam, no matter how apathetic they
may have appeared toward their own government, turned out to be overwhelmingly
anti-Communist. In the end they had to be conquered by conventional divisions,
supported by conventional tanks and artillery that was being maneuvered in
accordance with the ancient principles of warfare. But then, as with
mathematics, certain rules apply in war, and, military victories are not won by
violating military principles.
General Dungís Great Spring Victory was supported by a total of 700
(maneuverable) Soviet tanks, i.e. Soviet armor, burning Soviet gas and firing
Soviet ammunition. By comparison, the South Vietnamese had only 352 US supplied
tanks and they were committed to guarding the entire country, and because of US
Congressional action, were critically short of fuel, ammo and spare parts with
which to support those tanks.
Works by Bao Ninh, the author of The Sorrow of War. He tells of being
drafted into the North Vietnamese Army in 1968 and fighting for nearly seven
years. His unit lost over 80% of its men to battle deaths, desertion and
sickness. In all those years, he never once fought against the Americans. His
war was strictly a Vietnamese affair.
For those who think that Vietnam was strictly a civil war, the following
should be of interest. With the collapse of Communism and the Soviet Union along
with the opening up of China, records are now becoming available on the type and
amount of support North Vietnam received from China and the Soviet Block. For
China has opened its records on the number of uniformed Chinese troops sent to
aid their Communist friends in Hanoi. In all, China sent 327,000 uniformed
troops to North Vietnam. Historian Chen Jian wrote "Although Beijingís
support may have fallen short of Hanoiís expectations, without the support,
the history, even the outcome, of the Vietnam War might have been
In addition, at the height of the War, the Soviet Union had some 55,000
"Advisors" in North Vietnam. They were installing air defense systems,
building, operating and maintaining SAM (Surface to Air Missiles) sites, plus
they provided training and logistical support for the North Vietnamese military.
When I asked a well known American reporter, who had covered the war
extensively, why they never reported on this out side Communist support, his
answer was essentially that the North Vietnamese would not let the reporters up
there and that because "We had no access to the North during the
war...meant there were huge gaps in accurately conveying what was happening
North of the DMZ."
By comparison, at the peak of the War there were 545,000 US Military personnel
in Vietnam. However, most of them were logistical / support types. On the best
day ever, there were 43,500 ground troops actually engaged in offensive combat
operations, i.e., out in the boondocks,
"Tiptoeing through the tulips" looking for, or actually in contact
with, the enemy. This ratio of support to line troops is also comparable with
other wars, and helps dispel the notion that every troop in Vietnam was engaged
in mortal combat on a daily basis.
The Reason it all, Hangs Like a Pall
There always has, and always will be, American opposition to war. The
Revolutionary War had the highest, 80 percent, and that was because it was
fought on home soil. Opposition to WW I was 64 percent, in WW II the peak was 32
percent, and in Korea it was 62 percent. What makes Vietnam different is the
dodger disaster. Of the 2,594,000 million US Military personnel that served in
Vietnam only about 25 percent, or 648,000+ were drafted. Compare that to the
16,000,000+ who dodged, and it works out to 25 dodgers for every draftee who
Today, Americaís crocks are crammed chock-a-block full of dodgers, and the
crocks of academia are more fully crammed than most. Americaís schools
colleges and universities are overloaded with dodgers, who, to this day have a
need to rationalize away their acts of cowardice and have a compulsion to vilify
the very source of their guilt, Vietnam.
The antiwar movement was akin to a national temper tantrum that eventually
engulfed and then afflicted the entire nation with its warped rational. This
group, fueled and led by dodgers, were responsible for poisoning the American
mind on the subject of Vietnam and eventually those dodging hordes influenced
the American body politic to elect a Congress that stripped the soldiers who
fought in Vietnam of their victories, and voted to cut and run in the face of
adversity. To this day, academia, the media, the politicians, talking heads, and
the draft dodging multitudes continuously feed off one another with their
preposterous, addictive hallucinations about "Vietnam" and, this is
done at small expense, only a handful of veterans bear the brunt of their
The reason "Vietnam" will not go away is because the story the dodging
masses and their cohorts are perpetuating is not true, and it simply sticks in
the craw of the none dodging population. Especially the young. If a teacher
wrote 1 + 1 = 2 on the black board, kids going by would take one look and forget
it. However, if 1 + 1 = 6 was there, a certain portion of the kids would stop
and question it. Same with Vietnam. The supposed "facts" being taught
or presented just donít add up.
Recently I had a young man ask me "How come North Vietnam, which has a land
area smaller than the state of Missouri, and had a population of less than one
tenth the size of Americaís, could defeat the modern armed forces of the
United States?" I answered "Son, they didnít." He came back
with "Then why did my teachers tell me that? My answer was "Son, they
are mostly either draft dodgers or wannabes (as in wannabe a draft dodger but
was too young, the wrong sex, or?), or their descendents, or kin of, or other
wise truck with, the dodgers. Take this article, go show it to them, and then
ask for a detailed explanation of the American military defeat."