Sometimes exploits can’t be forgiven

THERE is probably one individual almost universally despised by Vietnam war veterans, particularly, but not exclusively, by Americans. It is not the wily communist dictator Ho Chi Minh nor the brilliant strategist Võ Nguyên Giáp, choreographer of many victories in the south from the humiliating French defeat at Dien Ben Phu to the capture of Saigon in April, 1975. It is not the American politicians from JFK, who first committed US troops to the war to JBJ and Nixon who escalated it, nor the hapless Gerald Ford who oversaw the humiliating defeat and withdrawal of US interests.

Australian politicians don’t rate.

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  • Charles Mollison September 23, 2022   Reply →

    I am no historian and I am usually cool, calm and collected; HOWEVER, my blood boils when I see misreporting that denigrates service men and women by persons who should know better. I refer to the article, “Some exploits can’t be forgiven” by Ross Eastgate.
    He writes, “nor the hapless Gerald Ford who oversaw the humiliating defeat and withdrawal of US interests.” ( from the war in Vietnam).
    The Allies did NOT lose the war in Vietnam. The communists were dragged to Peace Talks in Paris and a truce was agreed in 1973. The Terms of that agreement included pledges that North Vietnamese forces would withdraw to North Vietnam and foreign foces would withdraw from South Vietnam. That agreement ended the Vietnam War.
    The agreement also included a pledge by the USA to replace every bit of war material expended by South Vietnam defending their territory. This kept the North Vietnamese at bay until 1975 when the US Congress recinded that agreement. The North wasted no time in exploiting that opportunity – they immediately commenced ANOTHER invasion of South Vietnam that was successful as we know.

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