by pointing that finger in another direction.
IF the POLITICIANS had stayed out of it and let the MILITARY people handle it, the war would have ended much more quickly with far fewer deaths on both sides, and we would have freaking won.
You don't go into battle of any kind without being aggressive in the pursuit of victory...the politicians here literally tied the military's hands on that war and nothing was ever battled in the manner that it should have been.
Does ANY of this sound even a little bit familiar to you TODAY?
There were many people protesting the Vietnam war in 1964. If they had been listened to, there might have been close to 56,000 fewer Americans killed, and nearly 300,000 fewer Ameicans injured, many for life (not including those psychologically injured). Many more protestors in 1967. If they had been listened to, there might have been around 40,000 fewer Americans killed, and around 200,000 fewer Americans injured. Some half million American soldiers deserted between 1960 and 1973. Of course, some would call them all cowards and traitors; others would realize that only an ostrich would make such a generalization. While there are some who don't think the millions of Vietnamese killed and injured are important, others do. A common commentary on the Vietnam war is that by now almost everyone concedes that it was a mistake. There are, of course, exceptions.