Even western political commentators like George C Herring suggest that there are similarities and differences in Afghanistan and Vietnam wars, while commenting on the end game in the prestigious Foreign Affairs magazine, Herring suggests that the US and North Vietnam negotiated the 1973 peace settlement directly with each other, ignoring their respective allies, the government of South Vietnam
and the NLF, in Afghanistan the US is now negotiating directly with the Taliban, sidestepping its ally, the government of President Ashraf Ghani.
Moyar's thesis is that the United States had ample opportunities to ensure the survival of South Vietnam
, but failed to develop the required strategy.
There's something to this argument -- it required about four years for the politics in South Vietnam
to settle, and the Communists took advantage of the turmoil -- but it misses how bleak and unsustainable the situation was with Diem.
Nguyen Duc Cuong's chapter explicates the challenges of economic management in South Vietnam
while circumstances changed rapidly and Americans withdrew aid.
Air Force Reserve participation in the Vietnam War commenced in the early months of 1965 with C-124 Globemaster II missions to Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam
. Crewmen from the 935th Troop Carrier Group conducted these flights out of Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri.
As the Vietnam and Cold War era passes further into history (this year marks 40 years since the fall of South Vietnam
), The Spirit of Attack preserves the proud heritage of these fighter pilots and is a welcome read for any military aviation enthusiast.
At first, squadrons in South Vietnam
and Thailand carried out the strikes approved for the Air Force, but after the construction of new airfields in Thailand, all the raids against the North originated there.
surrendered to the North and Vietnam was reunited.
support Ngo Din Diem was appointed Prime Minister (later President) of the fledgling government of South Vietnam
. His refusal to allow elections in 1956 as had been stipulated by the Geneva Conference would eventually lead to the Second Indochina War, better known as the Vietnam War.
position in South Vietnam
was untenable, and subsequent history can't be used to argue the U.S.
On 30 April 1975 the city - which was then called Saigon and was the capital of South Vietnam
- was captured by communist troops from the North.
Catholic refugees who had moved from North to South Vietnam
in 1954 remained the backbone of the various Saigon regimes, and these refugees--and their offspring--made up most of the ranks of those who fled their nation.