America lost the Vietnam War. End of sentence. The reasons most scholars give are many. Chief among them is the notion that the North Vietnamese and Vietnam Congress wanted to win more than we did and understand how to fight this asymmetrical war better than our conventional forces. Dr. Mark Moyar, a military historian at Hillsdale College disputes conventional wisdom in his new book “Triumph Regained”. He argues that what most consider a military folly, built on the domino theory, was actually a strategic necessity that could have ended in victory had President Johnson heeded the advice of his generals. He makes his case and we have a lively discussion as to whether America today and going forward is as strong as we are led to believe militarily or whether our projection of force is greater than our actual battlefield capability.
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