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Vietnam was a war of attrition It was the hardest war the United States has ever fought We were fighting for a people who did not want us there and for a government that was to corrupt to help it and its people Putting that aside we where and still are the most powerful country in the world This being said why where we not able to successfully defeat the Viet Cong and The North Vietnamese Army To that end there are many reason one being our war strategy another being the way the Vietnmese fought the war and finally the People of the United States did have there hearts in the war In this paper I will however stick to how owner tactics and how our military leaders failure to properly adapt and create a war plan led to our defeat I will also go into the Viet Congs strategy as it change led to our failure What was so terrible about our war strategy We did of course win almost every engagement of the war We fought long and hard against an enemy that hardly ever was seen Our tactics in the beginning of the war where simple conventional tactics this meaning you where here they are there you just have to get where they are Operation Starlight was a classic textbook engagement A large regiment of about 1500 Viet Cong was gathered in and around a small village named Van Tuong in northern South Vietnam US intelligence has found out from a Viet Cong deserter that the VC regiment was planning an attack on the Marine base Chu Lai With this knowledge the Marines decided to strike the first blow The Marines where to attack from three sides forcing the Viet Cong into the South China Sea The attack was executed by the book and though it was a tough fight the United States devastated the 1st Viet Cong Regiment while
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