An intriguing question about the Vietnam War is “was it winnable?” In this episode, number 922, of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast that question will be featured. Many Vietnam Veterans have the belief that the war was winnable but most discount that opinion out of hand without any discourse at all.
Prominent military and diplomatic historian by training, Dr. Mark Moyar, offers very strong reasoning as to why the answer to the pressing question is an emphatic – yes. He states his case in an opinion piece in the New York Times titled: Was Vietnam Winnable?
It all started with Dr. Moyar in the early 1990’s when he took a college course on the Vietnam War. He was drawn to the subject due to his fascination with the visceral contempt that his peers, professors and intellectuals generally had not just for the war, but for its veterans. He was deeply moved by what he felt was the profound wrong that the young men who had risked their lives in Southeast Asia were deemed less worthy than those who had stayed safe at home.
In a move that proved detrimental to his academic job opportunities he began a deep study of the war that introduced fundamental challenges to the reigning Vietnam War orthodoxy. He started delving into the conflict’s deep crevices and came upon a wealth of untapped information pointing him in a different direction.
He discovered monumental mistakes committed by the American national leadership that in effect guaranteed defeat. The included:
- The decision by the American ambassador to South Vietnam, Henry Cabot Lodge, to engineer the coup that overthrew Ngo Dinh Diem.
- President Johnson’s decision to not block the Ho Chi Minh Trail with American ground forces in Laos.
- The Failure of President Johnson to win over the support of the America people for the reasons and purpose of the war.
Discover more of Dr. Moyar’s research findings about the Vietnam War at episode 922 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.