Vietnam's (meager) resources

Justin Schwartz jschwart at
Tue Jun 2 11:00:11 PDT 1998

On Tue, 2 Jun 1998, Doug Henwood wrote:

> Why is it so hard to believe that the U.S. really *was* fighting Communism
> in Vietnam? Why do we have to assume the war really was over some precious
> natural resource? The domino effect may have been ludicrous in strictly
> military terms, but if the U.S. hadn't spent the last 50 years destroying
> socialist and nationalist revolutions (and the USSR), the world would be a
> very different place.

Why not take the Pentagon's own word that the war aim was about 85% to save and only about 10% to stop communism?


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