Bob Lewis is doing creative history. John McCain's words:
"By the way, a lot of us are also very concerned about the possibility of a, quote, 'Tet Offensive.' You know, some large-scale attack that could then switch American public opinion the way that the Tet Offensive did," the Arizona senator said.Helpfully, Bob Lewis explains:
Tet, a massive invasion in 1968 of South Vietnam by Communist North Vietnamese, inflicted enormous losses on U.S. and South Vietnamese troops and is regarded as a point where public sentiment turned sharply against the war.Except it was the North Vietnamese who sustained "enormous" losses. We sustained Walter Cronkite, who convinced the American people that all was lost - that the North was kicking our butts. In fact is was a tactical defeat for the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese army.
So McCain could be right to fear another Tet. Because guys like Bob Lewis are picking up where Walter Cronkite left off. And I'm not talking about Walter's odd habit of wearing women's undergarments in a war zone. They're hyping the bad news and squelching the good.