The Truth about the Vietnam War


Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War?

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In late 1972, South Vietnam and the United States were winning the Vietnam War decisively by every conceivable measure. That was the view of our enemy, the North Vietnamese government officials. Victory was apparent when President Nixon ordered the U.S. Air Force to bomb industrial and military targets in Hanoi, North Viet Nam’s capital city, and in Haiphong, its major port city, and we would stop the bombing if the North Vietnamese would attend the Paris Peace Talks that they had left earlier. The North Vietnamese did go back to the Paris Peace talks, and we did stop the bombing as promised.

Cease-Fire

On January the 23rd, 1973, President Nixon gave a speech to the nation on primetime television announcing that the Paris Peace Accords had been initialed by the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, the Viet Cong, and the Accords would be signed on the 27th. What the United States and South Vietnam received in those accords was victory. At the White House, it was called “VV Day,” “Victory in Vietnam Day.”

The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering. But the U.S. Congress didn’t hold up its end of the bargain.

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General Vo Nguyen Giap

General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam
military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the
Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi:

“What we still don’t understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing
of Hanoi. You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder,
just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same
at the battles of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you
knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was definitely helping
us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the
battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!”

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Fall of Saigon

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3 responses to “The Truth about the Vietnam War

  1. Jerry Hassler

    We never intended to win the war, only to produce a stalemate. Even after we left Vietnam, we cut off all aid to RVN and they couldn’t match what the Chinese and Soviet Union were supplying the North. Don’t let anyone say the South Vietnamese didn’t fight for their country – over 185,000 killed and 500,000 wounded.

  2. The supposed quote from General Giap is spurious. He has never said that the Communist forces were ever on the edge of surrender. There are several versions of this myth floating around, and this one is the most obviously spurious. When Giap writes memoirs, he addresses them to a Vietnamese audience, not to Americans. Any quote that refers to Americans as “you” is not a quote from any memoir by Giap.

  3. Sam

    So according to your Alternative Facts about the Viet Nam war is media coverage of Tet in 1968 you say ‘lost’ the war because 5 years later the North surrendered and in 1973? So you argue after the last US soldier was freed from prison camp and left Viet Nam and North Vietnamese surrendered to the US and all the fighting stopped, right? But somehow the South was conquered despite total victory by the US? I bet you think we won Afghanistan, Iraq, and Crimea from Putin, too.

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