Yglesias

Losing Vietnam

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As everyone knows, the real culprits for the failure of American policy in Vietnam aren’t the hawks who ran the show throughout 20 years of U.S. effort to prop up South Vietnam, but rather the opponents of the policy, who handed the enemy the win in congress that they couldn’t achieve on the battlefield. Except, Gary Farber points out that neither Richard Nixon nor Henry Kissinger (via Jim Henley) appear to have believed the war was winnable in the early 1970s.