Thursday, February 16, 2017

Moral Consequences of Abandoning the Cause of Freedom

Via Mike

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...........Congress, overriding Nixon’s veto, cut the budget for supporting the Vietnamese Armed Forces from $2.27 billion in fiscal year 1973 to $1.01 billion in 1974, and $700 million in 1975. (The North admitted that Thieu was forced to fight a poor man's war and that the North was far better equipped.) 105's, Just In From The States

From December 18 to December 29, 1972, USAF and US Navy strategic bombing devastated North Vietnam’s previously restricted military, logistical, and transportation targets surrounding Hanoi. In addition, US Navy aircraft mined the strategically critical Hanoi-Haiphong Harbor. These air-raids, which included 929 completed sorties by massively destructive USAF B-52 bombers, destroyed 80 percent of North Vietnam’s electrical generating capacity and comparable percentages of fuel reserves, railroad facilities and rolling stock. More than 80 percent of North Vietnam’s material and weapons shipments supporting the NVA and their Viet Cong auxiliaries were halted. Their air defense system was no longer able to offer any resistance to American airpower.

Hanoi’s Communist leaders were ready to postpone their conquest of Southeast Asia for decades. Their only hope was the Marxist American Left and its increasing influence on a war-weary Congress with a heavy Democrat majority.

On January 27, 1973, The United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the Communist National Liberation Front signed a peace agreement that should have ended the Vietnam War.

More @ The Tribune


  1. Thank you for this article, and the others you have taken time to post regarding the war in Vietnam. I especially have been enriched by the photographs you have shared. Born in 1967, my earliest recollection of the conflict was of the fall of Saigon.

    The author of the Tribune article, Mr. Scruggs has written a book, Lessons from the Vietnam War: Truths the Media Never Told You. I was wondering if you have read it, and if so what are your thoughts.

    Thank you again for your efforts here!

    1. Born in 1967

      I hope to be back here in October to celebrate 50 years since I first came to Vietnam. You're welcome to join the party! :)


      I was wondering if you have read it, and if so what are your thoughts.

      Yes and excellent as his was Un-civil War

      Also if you open this link you will see many of his pieces.

      Additionally, go to NamSouth and search by his last name. Enough to keep you reading for awhile. :)

      Thank you for the kind words.