It'll be 35 years on April 30th since Saigon fell to the Communists. The war defined an era and a whole generation and in many ways it's shadow has hung over our foreign policy--And some have compared our situations in Iraq and Afghanistan to Vietnam, though the comparison is debatable. Who can we blame for the loss of Vietnam--LBJ? Nixon? Gerald Ford? The Congress? The Generals? Henry Kissinger? McNamara? The Anti-War protestors? The troops? Or America itself?
What's your opinion--Who do you think 'lost' Vietnam and what do you think looking back could've enabled us to win the war--or if not 'win' the war, at least keep S. Vietnam an intact non-communist state?
I ask because...The shadow does still loom and maybe we can learn from Vietnam, and perhaps what we learn from the mistakes made could help us to win now. It'd have made the sacrifice of the 58,000 who died to not have been in vain--that the loss of their lives then could save the lives of others now--along with the hundreds of thousands or millions who died after the Fall.