Tuesday, February 13, 2007

McCain Fears Tet Offensive?

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.


Charro99 said...

Yo Mr. 'Jack,

Big fan, check your blog daily.

You are 100% correct. In fact, U.S., Allied, and ARVN forces broke the Viet Cong's back during the Tet Offensive. It never again launched any large-scale offensives during the rest of the war. And when U.S. forces left, ARVN was able to hold out for a significant time on its own before ultimately falling to NVA regulars driving tanks, not pajama-clad V.C. And the Viet Cong, it should be noted, was a much more formidable and better-organized enemy than the "insurgents" in Iraq.

For all of their yammering about "Iraq = Vietnam", the defeat-at-all-costs Lefties have utterly failed to learn the lessons of Viet Nam, even the the benefit of decades of hindsight.


Anyway, keep up the good work.

Your loyal thirty-something blood-thirsty chicken-hawk,


PGP said...

Oh yes ....you would think that McCain would have a clearer perspective on things.
Guess not!
But don't blame him .....malnutrition and abuse have been shown to cause brain damage.