Status Updates posted by mowich
Thanks for the invite to the History Club, Dog. Looks like I have a lot of great reading ahead of me for the coming long winter months.
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I often wonder had JFK lived would he have pulled Americans out of the war and left it to the Vietnamese to settle it themselves. I've read about the history of the country and once I realized that not a single country that invaded Vietnam ever prevailed why the Americans were so hell-bent on following in the same failed footsteps. McNamara was well-versed in that history.
Viet-Nam was never really one country before 1975...the name itself is an amalgam of the Viet (North) and Annam (South) people. French Indochina was perhaps the most unified the region had ever been...but you have other groups...Khmer...Thai...etc, etc...all wanting their chunk of a rather tiny region. Post WW2 nationalism gave rise to the Balkanization, of course. Ho was actually an Allied partisan during the late stages of WW2...an OSS man...but the post war McCarthy era put an end to any possibility of further cooperation.
As for the direct cause of the war...it was not only the rise of Communist PAVN/Viet Cong units, but the invasion of Laos, Cambodia and of course South Viet-Nam by the NVA. JFK figured small commando-type units was the way to counter most of this invasion...play the same game, so to speak.