Why do we continue to revisit the vietnam war, or any historical event because we hope that the disastrous experience will hold lessons for future strategic decisions the best that might be. Efforts in 1975 to capture the lessons of vietnam as a guide to future policy died in the national security council with the seizure of the ss mayaguez. For some fifty years, politicians and pundits have shouted out lessons of vietnam to clinch any number of policy argumentsyet the actual lessons offered are seldom unambiguous, and can even.
What are the right lessons from america's vietnam experience that can be applied to the current situation in iraq and elsewhere in the middle east the united states in the 1960s and early 1970s. The phrase lessons of history virtually never appeared in english-language books at the beginning of the 19th century, to judge by the results provided via google's ngram viewer it became increasingly popular, reaching its 19th-century apogee in 1848, before fading again in the 20th century its. The vietnam war was an example of imperial aggression imperialism ultimately enriches the home country's dominant class the process involves unspeakable repression and state terror, and must rely repeatedly upon armed coercion and repression.
A re ie of ro ert s m namara's in retrospect: the tragedy and lessons of vietnam by oleg nekrassovski the p ese t pape is a e ie of m na a a s e oi , in retrospect it will first take a ief look at this ook s pu pose, ai ideas a d ai s, togethe ith so e ele a t a kg ou d and evaluation this will. 48 parameters lessons of history and lessons of vietnam david h petraeus this article was first published in the autumn 1986 issue of parameters one of the few unequivocally sound lessons of history is that the. However, the vietnam war was too complicated to be won simply on the battleground vietnam's rough terrain posed a big challenge for us soldiers in their attempts to capture the viet cong the harsh weather and wildlife of the country also reduced the effectiveness of us troops. New york: times books, random house, 1993, pp 414 in retrospect, the tragedy and lessons of vietnam robert s mcnamara ton that thien as secretary of defence for seven years under two presidents. Wj astore nick turse has a fine op-ed in the new york times, for america, life was cheap in vietnam in it he argues that for americans involved in the vietnam war, life was very cheap indeed - vietnamese lives, that is.
Lessons of vietnam - may 12, 1975 a draft of a memo from secretary of state henry kissinger to president gerald ford containing the secretaty's thoughts on the lessons of vietnam the memo, which was never signed or sent, was intended to provide background information to the president which would be useful in dealing with the press. Increasingly one hears appeals to the lessons of indochina—generally if inaccurately referred to as the lessons of vietnam—in support of or in opposition to current foreign policy initiatives around the world. Vietnam is the most recent example of american counterinsurgency -- and our longest -- so it would be a mistake to reject it because of its complex and controversial nature.
In retrospect: the tragedy and lessons of vietnam by: robert s mcnamara summary: robert s mcnamara's book, in retrospect, tells the story of one man's journey throughout the trials and tribulations of what seems to be the united states utmost fatality the vietnam war. During richard nixon's first term, when i served as secretary of defense, we withdrew most us forces from vietnam while building up the south's ability to defend itself. Mr robert mcnamara discussed his book, in retrospect: the tragedy and lessons of vietnam, published by times booksthe book deals with his life and career as a public servant, focusing on his.
The lessons of the vietnam war-an interview with noam chomsky [reproduced from indochina newsletter, issue 18 (november - december, 1982), pages 1-5] american imperialism has suffered a stunning defeat in indochina. Get this from a library the american military and the lessons of vietnam : a study of military influence and the use of force in the post-vietnam era [david howell petraeus. 2 just as debate continues about the military lessons of vietnam, there is likewise an intense debate in psychiatry about its meaning for mental health professionals.