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The Tet offensive was certainly the decisive campaign of the war, but lost in these set of battles was the real underlying reason why the grossly underestimated NLF and North Vietnamese army could actually succeed in this undermanned set of attacks. I think the real success of this campaign was not the effectiveness and the planning of the NLF and NV army, but the lack of preparation of the US forces. The NLF and NV army have received too much credit on this suicide mission. The credit should actually be on the blundering groundwork of the US and how they did not realize, from Vietnamese history, the vicious repercussions of backing the strong people of Vietnam into a corner.
Ignorance is perhaps the single most effective way to lose a war (perhaps demonstrated in our own revolutionary war). A quick glance into the history of Vietnam and one would know that this enemy is not to be taken lightly. They have faced amazing odds and great opposition throughout thei...
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