Colonel Bui Tin's Comments On The Vietnam War
From A Recent Interview Published In The Wall Street Journal

Former Colonel Bui Tin Served On The General Staff Of The North Vietnamese Army
He Received The Unconditional Surrender Of South Vietnam On April 30, 1975
Colonel Bui Tin Confirmed The American Tet 1968 As A Military Victory
"Our Losses Were Staggering And A Complete Surprise"
General Giap Later Told Me That Tet Had Been A Military Defeat
Though We Had Gained The Planned Political Advantages When Johnson Agreed To Negotiate And Did Not Run For Reelection
The Second And Third Waves In May And September
Were In Retrospect

Our Forces In The South Were Nearly Wiped Out By All The Fighting In 1968
It Took Us Until 1971 To Reestablish Our Presence
But We Had To Use North Vietnamese Troops As Local Guerrillas
If The American Forces Had Not Begun To Withdraw Under Nixon In 1969
They Could Have Punished Us Severely
We Suffered Badly In 1969 And 1970 As It Was

And On Strategy

If Johnson Had Granted Wetmoreland's Requests To Enter Laos
And Block The Ho Chi Minh Trail, Hanoi Could Not Have Won The War
It Was The Only Way To Bring Sufficient Military Power To Bear On The Fighting In The South
Building And Maintaining The Trail Was A Huge Effort
It Involved Tens Of Thousands Of Soldiers
Repair Teams
Medical Stations
And Communication Units

Our Operations Were Never Compromised By Attacks On The Trail
At Times, Accurate B-52 Strikes Would Cause Real Damage
But We Put So Much In At The Top Of The Trail
That Enough Men And Weapons To Prolong The War Always Came Out The Bottom
If All The Bombing Had Been Concentrated At One Time
It Would Have Hurt Our Efforts
But The Bombing Was Expanded In Slow Stages Under Johnson

It Didn't Worry Us

We Had Plenty Of Time To Prepare Alternative Routes And Facilities
We Always Had Stockpiles Of Rice Ready To Feed The People For Months
We Could Feed Then Even If A Harvest Was Damaged
The Soviets Bought Rice From Thailand For Us

And The Left

Support For The War From Our Rear Was Completely Secure
While The American Rear Was Vulnerable
Every Day Our Leadership Would Listen To World News Over The Radio At 9 A.M.
We Did This To Follow The Growth Of The AntiWar Movement

Visits To Hanoi By Jane Fonda
Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark
And Ministers
Gave Us Confidence That We Should Hold On In The Face Of Battlefield Reverses

We Were Elated When Jane Fonda, Wearing A Red Vietnamese Dress
Said At A Press Conference That She Was Ashamed Of American Actions In The War
That She Would Struggle Along With Us
Those People Represented The Conscience Of America
They Were Part Of It's War Making Capability
And We Were Turning That Power Into Our Favor

Bui Tin Went On To Serve As The Editor Of The People's Daily
The People's Daily Is The Official Newspaper Of The Socialist Republic Of Vietnam
But He Became Disillusioned With The Reality Of Vietnamese Communism
Bui Tin Now Lives In Paris

And The Rest Is History

And If You Don't Think The Actions Of A Few Did Not Hurt
Just Ask The Ones That Were There
Because You Sure Cannot Ask The Ones That Did Not Come Home

But That Is Just My Opinion


The United States Did Not Lose The War In Vietnam
The South Vietnamese Did!!!


One Reason The Kennedy And Johnson Administrations Failed To Take An Orderly
Rational Approach To The Basic Questions Underlying Vietnam
Was The Staggering Variety And Complexity Of Other Issues We Faced
Simply put
We Faced A Blizzard Of Problems
There Were Only Twenty Four Hours In A Day
And We Often Did Not Have Time To Think Straight

Robert S. McNamara
In Retrospect

It Is Silly
Talking About How Many Years We Will Have To Spend In The Jungles Of Vietnam
When We Could Pave The Whole Country
Put Parking Stripes On It
And Still Be Home For Christmas

Ronald Reagan Interview
Fresno Bee
October 10--1965

We Seem Bent Upon Saving The Vietnamese From Ho Chi Minh
Even If We Have To Kill Them And Demolish Their Country To Do It
I Don't Intend To Remain Silent In The Face Of What I Regard As A Policy Of Madness
Sooner Or Later
Will Envelop My Son And American Youth By The Millions For Years To Come

George McGovern
Speech to U.S. Senate
April 25--1967

It Became Necessary To Destroy The Town In Order To Save It

Unidentified U.S. Army Major
On The Decision To Bomb Bentre--Vietnam
February 7--1968

Our Objective In South Vietnam Has Never Been The Annihilation Of The Enemy
It Has Been To Bring About A Recognition In Hanoi That Its Objective
Taking Over The South By Force
Could Not Be Achieved

Lyndon B. Johnson
Address To The Nation
March 31--1968

Only You Can Prevent Forests

Sign In Room Of U.S. Airmen Spraying Defoliants
In William C. Westmoreland
A Soldier Reports

We Did A Fine Job There
If It Had Happened In World War II
They Would Still Be Telling Stories About It
But It Happened In Vietnam
So Nobody Knows About It
They Don't Even Tell Recruits About It Today
Marines Don't Talk About Vietnam
We Lost
They Will Never Talk About Losing
So It's Just Wiped Out
All Of That Is Off The Slate
I Doesn't Count
It Makes You A Little Bitter

John Muir
In Al Santoli
Everything We Had
An Oral History of the Vietnam War

I Can Envision A Small Cottage Somewhere
With A Lot Of Writing Paper
And A Dog
And A Fireplace
And Maybe Enough Money To Give Myself Some Irish Coffee Now And Then
And Entertain My Two Friends

Richard Van De Geer
In A Letter To A Friend Before He Was Killed
May 15--1975
Officially The Last American To Die In The Vietnam War
From Time Magazine
April 15--1985

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