As a Vietnam-era Marine, I knew early on that the army of the Republic of Vietnam didn’t have the heart to defeat the North once we pulled back our forces. After thousands of American, South and North Vietnamese lives were lost, the North effortlessly took over the country with no resistance.
I remember, sadly, the news coverage of helicopter evacuations atop the South Vietnamese capital as North Vietnamese tanks rolled in. What makes the current state of American wars in the Middle East any different? I understand the Vietnam War comparison isn’t a viable solution to our current predicament, but you’d think our leaders would have learned something from this decades-old tragedy.
Bay Proby, Pinecrest
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