Episode 1113 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will focus on the activities of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis during his visit to Vietnam. Also covered will be recent events occurring in the developing positive relationship between the former combatants in the American Vietnam War. A story by AP National Security Writer Robert Burns recently appeared in The Wichita Eagle titled: 50 years after key Vietnam battles, Mattis seeks closer ties.
Burns stated in his article that “Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the former enemy in search of a different kind of win: incremental progress as partners in a part of the world the Pentagon has identified as vital for the United States to compete with China and Russia.”
Whenever an American official visits Vietnam to discuss how to deal with the growing menace of China pushing its weight around the South East Asia area it is difficult to ignore the 800 pound gorilla in the room specifically, The American Vietnam War.
Ironically Secretary Mattis will be in Vietnam during the 50th anniversary of the infamous Tet Offensive. That event is credited with finally turning a majority of America public opinion against the effort in Vietnam to stem the tide of communism in Southeast Asia.
It was a military defeat of Biblical proportions for the North Vietnamese. All their military objectives failed. They lost over 50,000 KIA, other than Hue, they held no city or town more than two days and the infrastructure of the underground Viet Cong was destroyed.
Despite the military failure for the North Vietnamese, the American media turned it into a defeat for the Americans.
The consequences of the Tet Offensive and other Vietnam War related issues haunts any meeting of American and Vietnamese officials.
Listen to episode 1113 of the podcast for more on what Secretary Jim Mattis is doing in Vietnam and how the relationship between the two nations is developing.