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The Tet Offensive was a major turning point for the Vietnam War and thus it held a great importance for both the Americans and the Vietnamese On Jan 31 1968 the most important holiday to the Vietnamese also known as Tet which is the Vietnam New Year the North Vietnamese Army launched a surprise attack on the South Vietnamese and the American forces It was an attack on more than 35 major towns and cities in the South which Saigon the capital of the South was included in the targets The North Vietnamese suffered a heavy casualty thus it seemed to be a defeat for them but it kept the soldiers morale high On the other hand the US suffered heavy casualty on the American public view and the soldiers morale Therefore Tet Offensive was the psychological defeat for the US The US public was taken by surprise by this sudden attack and the Americans started to question the reasons why the US troops were still staying in Vietnam the public became so disheartened that it contributed to the withdrawal of the US troops in 1973 Before the Tet Offensive 48 of the American public approved LBJs handling of job as president but after Tet it dropped by 12 to 36 39 of the public approved LBJs handling of Vietnam before it and it decreased by 13 to 26 45 of the public believe that Vietnam was a mistake but after Tet 49 of the people believed so it was increased by 4 The data above show the demoralizing effect to the American general public these changes contributed to the later of Anti-war movement and US withdrawal Because the US was more of a democratic country the public opinion affects a great deal of how the government is making a decision Moreover nearly one month after the start of the Tet Offensive the anchorman of the CBS evening news Walter Cronkite who
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