Warfare and the West
A key part of America’s culture war has been the attack of intellectuals upon the military establishment. That attack climaxed in the 1970’s with Congress’s abandonment of our South Vietnamese allies, and our greatest national defeat.
With the aid of an increasingly centralized and intellectually influenced mass media, an articulate minority of Americans were able to reduce popular support for our military in Viet Nam, and in the Cold War. The historical facts that major communist regimes had killed several times more of the people under their jurisdiction than they had killed of their foreign enemies did not prevent America’s new elite from suggesting that we would be better off “Red than Dead”. Inconvenient books, i.e. those difficult to reconcile with the elitist viewpoint (The New American Commonwealth, American in Vietnam, The Big Story, After Long Silence, The Haunted Wood, and others), often got the silent treatment. Few journalists, academics, or librarians helped Americans to discover them.
Regarding statistical facts that have recently come to light, most Americans remain unaware that Cambodian records of the enemy’s use of that country, North Vietnamese reports of their own losses in combat with us, etc. demonstrate that our military erred on the side of caution rather than of excess in its reports of such figures. With the collapse of the Soviet Union has come plentiful evidence that the threat which it had posed to us had rarely, if ever, been exaggerated.
LINKS TO ARTICLES
1) Viet Nam: Esoteric Vital Interests
2) The Greatest American Weakness
3) Western Domination
4) Into Cambodia
5) Mass Slaughter
6) A Significant War
7) A Significant War-Part two
8) A Significant War-Part Three
9) Thieu’s Election
10) Treason Issue
11) Desperate Offensive
12) Viet Nam Lessons?
13) More Analysis of Intelligence Data Needed
14) Balance of Power Crucial to Peace
15) False Premise for Pacifism
16) Clearer National Policy Needed
17) “The Day After” Lacks Answers
18) Viet Nam Facts Uncovered
19) A Quick Fix in Gulf Won’t Ensure Peace in Long Run
20) Letters to National Publications