1130 – The Tet Offensive – What really happened


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South Vietnam’s ARVN Rangers defend Saigon during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ US military personnel

Episode 1103 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast deals with what really happened before, during and after the Tet Offensive of 1968. The writer Luke Hunt submitted a story to The Diplomat website titled: The Vietnam War’s Great Lie that covered his book The Punji Trap: Pham Xuan An – The Spy Who Didn’t Love Us.

In his story, Hunt explains how his book shines light on the darkness surrounding the mystery of how one of the greatest military victories ever achieved by this country and its allies in Vietnam was turned into a defeat and the reason we could never win the war in which it was gained.

As a participant in the Tet Offensive, the writer of this piece you are now reading was stymied for years as to how that could have happened. It seemed inconceivable anyone could come up with any other conclusion than the one that the Viet Cong and NVA suffered a tremendous defeat.

Not only did the communist forces suffer a tremendous military defeat, but the anticipated rebellion by the South Vietnamese populace did not happen. The schemers in the North were sure that once given the opportunity the Southerners would jump at the chance to throw off the shackles of U.S. neocolonialism.

The southern populace apparently wanted no part of the Ho Chi Minh communists who had murdered tens of thousands of their fellow countrymen simply because they owned property when they took over the North a decade earlier.

Hunt divulges in his book the very person who was instrumental in setting the stage for the greatest hijacking of a victory ever seen. Hunt makes it clear as to how the American people and leadership were taken for a ride that cost many more lives and the loss of South Vietnam.

Listen to episode 1130 of the podcast and discover what really happened with the Tet Offensive.


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