Monday, January 15, 2018

#TET 1968--The Atlantic--JULIAN E ZELIZER

On January 30, at the start of the sacred Vietnamese holiday of Tet, which celebrated the start of the new lunar year, the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong launched a massive military offensive that proved the battle raging in Southeast Asia was far from over, and that President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration had grossly oversold American progress to the public. Although U.S. troops ultimately ended the offensive successfully, and the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong suffered brutal loses, these bloody weeks triggered a series of events that continue to undermine Americans’ confidence in their government.



On the tarmac at El Toro when we all were ready to fly to Danang just after Valentine's Day, President Johnson arrived in a convertible Cadillac and wished us all well. General Westmoreland wanted 200,000 troops, what he got was the 82nd Airborne and us, the 27th Marine Regimental Landing Team. There was nobody left to fight.