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Why did the USA lose the Vietnam War?

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Why did the USA lose the Vietnam War?

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1) The americans were not suited to Jungle warfare and the vietnamese had the advantage over them as they knew the jungles well and the USA government were not prepared to keep losing large numbers of troops. 2) The peace movement against the war had been gaining momentum since 1970 until it reached a point where the American public were against the war in such high numbers the government were forced into action. 3) There was a massive drug problem with the American troops and high rates of desertion. 4) The Americans were unable to stop troops and supplies being deployed along the Ho Chi Min trail to the vVietcong 5) The Vietnamese were experts in guerrilla warfare. All they wanted was self rule. They were a nation who had defeated the Mongol hordes and seen off invasion by China. The people were a collective unit who had centuries of practice in warfare and were iindomitable As Henry Kissinger said “We ignored the oldest and most fundamental rule of warfare-know your enemy”.

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It’s probably more informative to ask the question, “how could the US possibly win against North Vietnam?” Here’s why I say that. France had been in Indochina for a century. French was a common language in the country (more so than English was when we got involved). There was no “North Vietnam” at that point (so no sanctuary for the Vietminh). The Vietminh were smaller in numbers, less trained, had less weaponry when they fought the French. The French also sent in troops who had (in some cases) decades of experience in Vietnam and many that had experience in counter-insurgency warfare (Algeria). They also sent in their best troops–world class units among the best fighters in the world (French Foreign Legion which included a number of former Waffen SS, the REPs or Paratroopers). And they got their tails whipped. Other than us being “Americans”, what did we have to offer then French didn’t? Sure, we’d upgraded technology but so did the Vietminh (or by then, the NVA). Their troops had go

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