Many contend that it was the nonappearance of an arrangement for an endgame and leave procedure which kept us buried in Southeast Asia. Others keep up vociferously that we ought to never have been there in any case; that we were propping up a degenerate administration as a major aspect of a misinformed and destined icy war methodology intended to battle off total Communist control in that area.
Indeed, even today, individuals keep on argueing whether the catastrophe of Vietnam demonstrates that the “domino hypothesis” was turned out to be truth, or articulate garbage. I took an interest in the extremely same contentions, in haec verba, in 1969. Furthermore, this, mind you, is with the advantage of many years of insight into the past!
So traumatic was that War, that since that time, each time this Country and its pioneers have examined military activity of any sort, somebody, either in political restriction or in the news media unavoidably and typically raises the trite adage of a question: “yet will this turn into another Vietnam?”
However now, as the occasions of the present day unfurl, I get myself thoughtfully nostalgic for the halcyon days of the Tet Offensive, Viet Cong guerrillas, Da Nang, Hue, the DMZ and Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Minh.