No actually the way I remember it the US was becoming frustrated the Viet Cong continueslly fled into Laos and Cambodia.So Nixon ended up bombing what they believed was the Ho Che Min trail through those countries.Killing hundreds of thousands of civilians.
By the end of 1967, the VC were no more for all practical purposes; decimated by Tet and several very effective S&D operations, leaving only the NVA...troops of another nation...to do the 'freedom fighting' in the South. The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a fact since the 1950s when the North first started sending THEIR military into Laos and Cambodia on the way south.
Maybe the numbers are off but they are still up there.
Bombing the Trail didn't cost 100s of thousands of civilian dead in two already troubled countries with actual
invasions from North Viet-Nam going on. The Trail(s) was running through dense jungle along the border for a reason. Certainly
part of the mayhem but certainly not
the sole vector of misery in Indochina. But, you're free to provide figures proving me wrong.
May I point out aswell that the US invaded Vietnam.
Uhhh...no they didn't. The US sent in the Marines to protect the SVN/US airbases that were being attacked by the North with SVN approval. When the North continued to operate in these areas, the Marines began S&D operations to clear them out. This led to troop escalation on BOTH sides as the US ramped up the feet on the ground and the North pushed entire divisions south along the Trail.