They had their flaws, but millions of people did not flee the South Vietnamese government in tiny unseaworthy boats, or get put in re-education camps by them, or get massacred by them indiscriminately.@ TELLDAVE The idea that the Vietnamese supported the government in the south is even more laughable.
The North's Tet Offensive was predicated on their belief they had widespread support in the South. They expected the population to rise up against the SV gov't. But it didn't happen, and the VC were crushed. Their combined forces got their asses handed to them at Hue, but not before they massacred 6,000 civilians. Such tactics tended to make them unpopular.
Propaganda only goes so far. The Communists might have had some support early on, but by the Tet Offensive the Vietnamese people apparently had some idea of what Communism was going to be like, and it was far worse.
Do you know what kind of governments S Korea and Taiwan had back then? Hint: they weren't very nice, but they weren't Communists. Look what they've become. That's what Vietnam and China could have looked like, had we stood up to the mass murderering Communists.You know people do support brutal dictatorships all the time Americans cannot seem to understand that.\
Europeans never seem to understand the perfect is the enemy of the good, or why we should support the lesser of evils.
We didn't lose, the Vietnamese lost. The U.S. won every major engagement, signed a peace treaty, and went home. The North then broke the treaty and took the South because Democrats said it shouldn't be our problem anymore, and not only announced we wouldn't defend them but cut off funding and military aid as well.Your argument amounts to my football team lost we should have nuked them.
You can tell yourself that if it makes you feel better, but I seem to have their interests more in mind than you.You do not give a shit about the Vietnamese.