The war to end all... something

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The war to end all... something

Postby Ralph » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:36 am

Is anybody else watching the Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam? I was still in diapers while most of it was reaching its dreadful conclusion, so I never really understood why there were no clear answers on right and wrong. Now... I'm starting to understand. EVERYONE, from Woodrow Wilson to Nixon as well as the various generals through the decades, made terrible decisions based on faulty information or arrogance or political ambition or divided loyalties. There isn't really any one incident you could point to and say "There, that's where everything went wrong."

sigh... how very discouraging it all is.
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Re: The war to end all... something

Postby Caultron » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:32 pm

The essential error was believing that this was a war between communism and democracy. In fact, it was a war to throw off colonial rule and unify the country.

Note that even though we lost, Vietnam Nam isn't particularly aligned in any communist bloc.
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Re: The war to end all... something

Postby Grok » Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:51 pm

What a waste.
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Re: The war to end all... something

Postby oldsalt1 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:56 pm

I watched the entire show and am going to costco they have the cd's for $59 I found the series very informative . I learned a great deal from watching. For me It brought back some not to pleasant memories as I was in a number of places shown though not at the same time of the filming.
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