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The year 1968 was a big turning point in the Vietnam War because LBJohnson had increased its commitment to SVietnam In February 1968 the Vietcong launched the Tet Offensive against SVietnam and US also it caused US withdrawal indirectly What made the Tet Offensive so important Politically at the begging of the war the US government thought that they would absolutely win in the Vietnam War because America was a world superpower all the time also they have more powerful weapons and more supply Achievement also gave them a confidence The US always had won the War for example WW1 and WW2 except Korean War in 1960-1963 In 1996 Philip Caputo the solder of US Marines in Vietnam says but sometime later on we got this idea that the United States was invincible Not unjustifiable we thought because wed never lost a single war wed ever fought I think wed fought 12 or 13 wars before then and wed won every one including the one against ourselves 12288from this statement clearly we can see the inattention of the US However in February 1968 Tet the Vietnamese New Year the US troops had received surprise attack from Vietcong and National Liberation Front NLF The commander of US forces in Vietnam Gen William Westmoreland described it says The American publics were caught by surprise We were making military progress at the time -- which is a statement of fact And when the Tet Offensive took place the American people were not prepared for that and I assume some significant responsibility for that And Ive made this statement many times If I would have to do it over again I would have made known the forthcoming Tet Offensive At that time I didnt want the enemy to know that I knew what was going to happen I did know I made a mistake in not making that known to the American public because they were caught by surprise
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