For the past few decades, debates continue over why the U.S. experienced failure in Vietnam. Did the U.S. suffer from a lack of total commitment from civilian leaders and handicap itself in prosecution of the war effort? Did the military have the wrong style and plan for executing the war? Did the U.S. ever fundamentally understand the nature of the conflict from the very beginning? Which concept is right or wrong is open to individual perspective. From my point of view, all three are facets of the failure. However, the timing and type of strategy may have been the real issue at play.
Gavin P. Smith
November 20, 2009 in History - Vietnam War and Policy