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I totally agree with Ronnie Ford when he stated in his essay: Hanoi's Intent: Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive-- " Contrary to belief at the time, Khe Sanh was never intended to be another Dien Bien Phu. The Vietminh had attacked Dien Bien Phu after seven years of war had worn the French down; both sides had known that the battle would be a catalyst. In 1968 the US was at its peak in military power. To effect another Dien Bien Phu at that time was "impossible." Nevertheless , the North Vietnamese would have taken Khe Sanh just like Lang Vei had the situation presented itself. Westmoreland ensured it did not. The PAVN force assembled at Khe Sanh drew much more than just attention ... American B-52's pulverized the PAVN Divisions. " Ronnie Ford's essay appeared in the January 1995 issue of Intelligence and National Security and also in the Autumn/Winter issue of the American Intelligence Journal . The essay is the best I have ever read on not only Hanoi's intent regarding Khe Sanh but is also spot on regarding the General Offensive planned by Hanoi IMO. Walter James McIntosh Bluff , New Zealand Mac McIntosh <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----