Some Vietnam War Reading

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A few months ago some one commented asking for some book recommendations. I forgot all about it until last night. Below are some of the book I consider “must reads” for learning about the war.

The title speaks for itself on this one. The story of a damn good man who was the right man for the job at the right time. Killed for not wanting to be a puppet for the Kennedys and western liberalism.

The next one is an amazing book that details everything that happened before ’65 and includes much insight from other Asian countries at the time. It also sets the record straight on a lot of propaganda you have been fed over the years. Especially about the utter shitbag, John Paul Vann.

Last is A Better War. This book is essential reading to understand how victory was achieved in South Vietnam. Not the defeat of North Vietnam. There is a difference. RVN had been pacified and would have been able to defend itself with US airsupport and supplies had congress not cut them off. Hard to fight off the logistics of China and USSR when you are down to only 11 rifle rounds a day.

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  1. Utter shitbag biography: A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan. I’m not a Vann fan either, Shawn.

    And another thing to go hand in hand with Congress cutting off aid. Nixon & Kissinger forced the “peace with honor” agreement on the South that let the Communist forces remain in place after the cease fire, under threat of cutting off aid, and that gave the North a running start toward overrunning the South. You can’t get much more cynical than that.

  2. Kissinger should probably have been put up on war crimes charges, TBH… Along with most of the rest of the ohsoproper types that got us into that shithole in the first place.

    Republican hands aren’t quite clean, either–Kennedy played dirty during the election, what with the false “missile gap” BS accusations against Eisenhower (which he couldn’t refute without exposing intel sources), and then the Republicans retaliated by using the “domino theory” attack against Kennedy, knowing damn good and well that Eisenhower was essentially correct in that trying to “save” Vietnam was a fool’s game. Thus, we ratcheted our way into a war that nobody believed in or thought the military could win. In retrospect, the military did a hell of a lot better than any of the cynical politicians expected or deserved–And, they then threw it all away. 50,000 lives lost on our side, God alone knows how many we killed in the name of a victory nobody really wanted.

    In a just world, there would have been tribunals all through the 1970s, and we’d have hung a few hundred political hacks as a discouragement to others. Kinda like we ought to be doing, right now, with all the brilliant people we have running the various wars we’re in.

    I still can’t fathom that we’re nearly 20 years in Afghanistan, and nobody is paying attention at all to the elephant in the room, namely that we’re paying the Pakistanis to pay the Taliban to kill our own troops. Cut off the military aid money, and the Taliban dies on the vine… Counter-insurgency 101: Deny the enemy safe harbor and cut them off from support. In Vietnam, at least, we tried to do that and made the Soviets pay for it all. In fucking Afghanistan, we’re paying for our own people to be killed in the name of Allah.

    No. Fucking. Sense.

    • Saving Vietnam was not a fool’s game. JFK refusing to let the military get into Laos and cut off Hanoi’s supply route into SVN was the ultimate stupidity by that hack dipshit

      the domino theory was real and had the US Not got into Vietnam it would have been worse than it was.

      • All that I can see it accomplishing was 50,000 dead Americans betrayed, an untold and unknowable number of civilians killed, and a delay of 10-20 years for what was inevitable anyway, because they lacked the will to fight.

        I don’t blame the soldiers, but I cannot forgive the politicians or the diplomats. If you don’t intend to fight to win, you do not commit troops and ask them to fight, die, and kill on your behalf.

        I can almost forgive the military deaths. The thing I cannot forget or forgive is the number of broken promises we made to people like the Hmong, or the civilian lives we took in the name of war. I don’t particularly mind dying on their behalf, but I cannot countenance having killed for them, only for them to throw all that away.

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