“Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered” – A documentary series worth watching
Excerpt: Fifty years ago, 1968, marked the halfway point in the Vietnam War. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, signed in August 1964, marked our official beginning of hostilities, although we had troops in that nation, in one form or another, since the end of World War II. The documentary, “Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered,” available for download at Amazon videos, covers those pre-war years in its first of seven installments. It clearly shows the incidents that led to the decisions which enveloped us in that maelstrom. 1965 marked the first year of offensive operations, up until then American forces provided only defensive or adviser positions. Soldiers died preforming those duties, and this documentary clearly demonstrates that. 1968, 50 years ago, was the high point of the war, with the most battles fought and highest casualty rates. Had this been any other war, 1968, would have been a turning point leading to our victory. But political considerations at home were the driving force that shaped the outcome of that war, not military actions. Politics, both in congress and on the streets of America, was what led to our valiant military leaving less than victorious, and shamefully caused the collapse of our ally, the South Vietnamese government and people. It is a shame that cannot be undone, and is little known.