How the Tide was Turned in Vietnam

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Sometimes we conservatives get sucked into the strangest dialogues. A few days ago was no different.Milwaukee Ald. Vel R. Phillips (second from left with

Speaking to a customer on the phone who was a Vietnam vet, our five minute conversation turned into 30 minutes or more. He told me of his time in country, and he, to this day, can’t understand how we lost.

Well, the memories rushed back to a conversation I had with my son several years ago concerning the same. And although I covered the same material, it was a very different feeling speaking to a boots-on-the-ground veteran than it was setting my son straight.

Here’s why most Americans believe our military was defeated in Vietnam.

When the left speaks of the war in Vietnam, what do they always point to? The big loss – the Tet Offensive – the surprise attack on January 31, 1968 that turned the tide of the war in favor of North Vietnam, who eventually won. At least that’s how the history books, written by academic leftists, recount it.

The ‘68 Tet Offensive is named for the Vietnamese new year of Tet. It is the date of the first new moon of the year. read more

The Myth of the Vietnam War and the Tet Offensive

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Okay, this is not very Christmassy, but I was speaking with my son the other day. He was telling me of the classes he would be taking next semester. When he told me his American history class would be on the war in Vietnam, I physically cringed.

I said that we would have to arm himself with the truth prior to the commencement of the class, for although I don’t know for certain, I suspect that conflict would not get a fair shake in a public high school classroom. Odds are I’m right.

So, when the lefties speak of Vietnam, other than that our soldiers were all drugged up baby killers, what do they always point to? That’s right – The Tet Offensive – the surprise attack on January 31, 1968 that turned the tide to favor North Vietnam, who eventually won the war.

This is likely what my son will be taught, so I thought it necessary to set him straight, and may be others who aren’t familiar.

The ‘68 Tet Offensive is named for the Vietnamese new year of Tet. It is the date of the first new moon of the year, and for this, after the battle of Khe Sanh, a cease-fire was agreed to on January 30, 1968. It was short-lived. read more