We Were Soldiers –Betrayed in Viet Nam

We Were Soldiers –Betrayed in Viet Nam by Robert L. Kocher The reasons wars are won or lost are often interpreted through romantic or grandiose ideological notions to suit the personalities or intent of those holding or selling those notions. George Patton was as...

Viet Nam Part 10: Declassified Kennedy Tapes

Viet Nam Part 10: Declassified Kennedy Tapes by Robert L. Kocher Several pieces of seriously disturbing information were declassified around October of 1999. One of these revised the deliberately false history that was written to misportray the role of Jack Kennedy in...

Viet Nam Part 9: Epilogue Beyond Incompetence

Viet Nam Part 9: Epilogue–Beyond Incompetence by Robert L. Kocher Dialogues on the internet produce confrontations and hatreds as strong as anywhere in the world. Occasional loss of temper and desire to gloat or antagonize reveal historically illuminating information....

Viet Nam Part 8: Military Science, Tactics, and Strategy

Viet Nam Part 8: Military Science, Tactics, and Strategy by Robert L. Kocher In his book In Retrospect, McNamara quotes a then-classified paper issued by General Westmoreland defining the U. S. military objective of “ending the war in the Republic of Vietnam by...

Viet Nam Part 5: Lyndon Johnson and the Lost Society

Viet Nam Part 5: Lyndon Johnson and the Lost Society by Robert L. Kocher The Johnson presidency was the second of two in succession that would turn out to be immensely destructive to the United States. Lyndon Johnson was a deal-maker and horse trader who did it simply...

Viet Nam Part 7: Betrayal by Brilliance

Viet Nam Part 7: Betrayal by Brilliance by Robert L. Kocher The two most authoritative books on the Viet Nam conflict as analyzed from the highest inside levels of government and policy are Lost Victory [1], by former CIA director William Colby, and In Retrospect, The...