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More Proof that the conservative movement is based on being pissed off about the 60s and 70s

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Dark_Falcon3/14/2013 8:53:07 pm PDT

re: #24 EPR-radar

To come back to your first point, by greater understanding did you mean military actions to give the South enough time to reform its corruption, or something else?

If the Vietnam War is understood as legit nationalist regime (our enemy) vs. colonialist puppet regime (our ally), it is hard to make a case for the US prosecuting such a war.

“Greater understanding” meant a better understanding of methods and mentality of the Vietnamese communists. It would have meant understanding how determined they were and that they were not going to be deterred by battle casualties alone; more aggressive action was needed.

The purpose of military actions informed by that greater understanding would have been to damage the Communist ability to wage the war badly enough to force the North to back off and give South Vietnam a breathing space in which to repair the political failings that left the South vulnerable to insurgency in the first place.