Any AFPAK conversation with the feebleminded, easily discouraged or the outright “Defeat At Any Cost” Retreat Loser Lobby often mentions Viet Nam.
Doofus grande’ at best or out right deceit at worst – truth is – AFPAK was never Vietnam and never will be.
More than 58,000 soldiers had died in Vietnam by the time the war ended in 1975. Up to 1,000 GIs were dying every week in 1968, and the overall conflict claimed the lives of at least 3 million Vietnamese and well over half a million Cambodians and Laotians.
At the height of the Vietnam War, there were 543,000 troops on the ground, or well over twice as many as are now deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Most likely the thing that shapes ill concieved notions of AFPAK=Vietnam is the Mythology of Tet.
1968’s Tet Offensive has been incorrectly portrayed as a magical event where NVA Regulars and invincible Viet Cong guerrillas double teamed Great Satan and handed her the worst defeat in military history – way worse than the Battle of Corregidor and Kasserine Pass -combined.
Giving the lie to funk obsessed defeatists from the past – Dr R shows how Viet Cong fought to annihilation – never again able to mount anything even remotely insurgent – and how Americans hop scotched around Vietnam crushing communistic cadre, militant sympathizers and true believers
“…This Time We Win at last provides an antidote to the flawed Tet mythology that continues to shape the perceptions of American military conflicts against unconventional enemies and haunt our troops in combat. Indeed, America’s enemies recognize and find inspiration in the prevailing Tet narrative.
“…The result is an explosion of the conventional wisdom on this infamous battle, one that offers real lessons for today’s unconventional wars. Without a clear understanding of these lessons, we will find ourselves reliving the Tet Offensive again and again.
Another Offensive launched from GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
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