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[–] midnightblue1335 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

False. Overconfidence played a role in prolonging the war, but we lost the war at home, not in 'Nam. The American people were forcing our military to fight with one hand tied to their nuts, while the enemy used whatever means necessary to defeat us. That's the primary thing that lost us the war.

We wouldn't execute suspected VC 'civilians' for fear of the media backlash. The media was more powerful than our military, and the media was aligned AGAINST the USA at that time, as well.

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[–] Plant_Boy 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I will concede that there were more contributing factors than just fighting in the trenches. And if the US really wanted to win then they'd drop another nuke.

But one of the games being played was territory control which the Vietcong's played tactfully but the USA tried to strong-arm with superior technology.

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[–] midnightblue1335 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I heard a great analogy about the Vietnam War- US high command was trying to play "chess"; the goal being to behead the leadership, and then the war ends.

But the Vietnamese were playing "Go" (might be spelling that wrong- it's "Chinese Checkers") where the goal is territorial control and maximizing resource usage. This difference in command strategy really fucked us up big time- we were fighting the previous war, as usual.

The will to use brutality and be horrible and use scare tactics on civilians though, these were things the NVA/VC were totally fine with. Threatening civilians to not reveal locations of booby traps/weapon caches to American forces? All day. Kill them if they resist? Absolutely. Steal their resources? Always. Humanitarianism was far from the minds of the N. Vietnamese- as it should be when you're fighting a fucking war.

We worry about optics so much today because everything gets fucking filmed and broadcast across the world. We can't have footage of Americans threatening foreign civilians who are refusing to cooperate, so we don't do it- and then some poor fucker steps on a land mine because those civilians were MORE AFRAID of the NVA/VC than they were afraid of the Americans.

Optics is such bullshit. When a toilet overflows and there's shit spilling out everywhere, does the janitor worry about "optics" when he's addressing the problem? Does he care about how he looks while doing it? Or does he just roll up his sleeves, and reach in and grab the offending shit and remove it? Until we do away with the concept of "optics" as some all-important notion, we're going to continue to lose wars.