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Female Viet Cong warrior, 1972

How come she’s carrying an American rifle? The Viet Cong forces were very successful at acquiring and using American made arms, which led directly to most of their big successes in the early to mid-60s. The weapons weren’t necessarily from dead American soldiers. Remember, the US was propping up Diem’s South Vietnamese government, and pumping weapons into his ally extremely flawed and corrupt army. South Vietnamese local garrisons meant to protect rural areas from Viet Cong influence often simply gave arms and ammunition to the local Viet Conges to avoid being slaughtered..

The rest of the story,, interesting stuff.

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So much like the current situation in Iraq, we armed those we were fighting against under the guise of arming those who would fight with us. The ironic thing is we didn't, in either case, needed the ally to completely annihilate the enemy if the politicians had just let the military off the leash and do what they are trained to do.

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Great point. In four years we defeated the Japanese and the Germans with an unrestrained military. Ever since, politicians have hamstrung our military leaders and our fighting men and women. If we would just realize that Sherman was right, that War is Hell, and inialate the enemy and all that support them without mercy, this could be over in a heartbeat; with or without our enemies using our equipment.

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Some stupidity never changes.

 

Thanks for posting that pic.

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What the VC females actually did, the article is total BS, was kill our wounded, strip our dead, act as sappers and snipers. Snipers given an assignment for targets of opportunity, these were always on the hit parade.

Ed

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The military did not lose the Vietnam War the weasel politicians did the losing.

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1 hour ago, gshayd said:

The military did not lose the Vietnam War the weasel politicians did the losing.

 

AMEN

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We were never supposed to "win" the conflict, we were only supposed to provide damage so Lady Bird's construction company could rebuild things for her profit.  The head "weasel" (more like scumbag!) was LBJ!    Sorry, but old wounds heal very slowly!!!!!

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The CIA was a main "shafter of Americans" during that war, they always have been. President Kennedy stated he was going to break them up into "a thousand pieces", shortly after that he was murdered.

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