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1. Mac McIntosh <email@example.com> 2. firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Mac McIntosh <email@example.com> -----Message from: Mac McIntosh <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- > /// The most valuable prize, the loss of Johnson as > C In C, must have been a large shock to the Communists and N. > Vietnam; they were successful, thusly, beyond possibly, their > wildest dreams. History can one day determine this meaning. > > Thank you for this most valuable presentation. > > Wyatt Reader I think that Brezhnev's policy of achieving nuclear parity or at least causing the USA to lose nuclear superiority prior to the 1968 election was also a major factor in LBJ's decision not to run for reelection and that factor is not given sufficient credit . There was a good study of this issue by a defense analyst named Crawford but I can't lay my hands on it at the moment . Walter James McIntosh Bluff, New Zealand / Mac McIntosh <email@example.com> -----Message from: firstname.lastname@example.org----- General Westmoreland later wrote that the purpose of the York campaign was to set the "stage for the invasion of Laos that I hoped a new administration in Washington would approve."67 Jim Dongeman's reply included this point concerning plans for Laos invasion by the US/MACV. It was no discredit from a planning point of view to include such an option in the overall war strategy and management; but, only as plans. Indication that approval would be sought from a new Administration ackknowledges two importnat elements; first, the Command was following the course of election in the US and their possible outcome, second, the chance of Johnson's approval was already conceded as non-existing. This was the political element of limited warfare, regardless of what MACV wanted to happen. Expansion, as history showed was not a real option. Wyatt Reader UCLA___Whittier College email@example.com -----Message from: Mac McIntosh <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- > The fighting at Khe Sanh always needs to be seen in that > wider context. What is interesting in Nguyen's work is the > synthesis of domestic VWP policy and factionalism within the > wider context of dealing with the Sino-Soviet conflict..She > argues how starting from the early sixties the idea of a > general uprising(always a strong point in Communist > revolutionary doctrine anyway) was part of the DRV/NLF > strategy as early as 63. > > The problem with all this is that it raises more questions > since the Tet offensive remains a sore subject.. > > Jim Dingeman The Lao Dong Party called for a "General Uprising " in August 1945. In response to the Party's call Vietnamese took to the streets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh marched into the city slaughtering village chiefs along the way . This phrase - General Uprising evoked an almost magical note in the minds of patriotic and nationalistic Vietnamese . In 1947 Truong Chinh who was then Party Secretary defined "General Offensive/General Uprising " as the conclusion to a 'people's war' His blueprint for a people's war became embedded into NVN's basic military theory. When NVN's military /political leaders analyzed their victory over the French they concluded that the key reason for their victory was due to the disenchantment regarding the war on the home front of the French . The Vietnamese saw this ability to bring about such disenchantment as the key to their ability to bring about a 'decisive victory' . So it was actually very shortly after their defeat of the French that the Politburo had fully incorporated the concepts of General Offensive/General Uprising and decisive victory into their planning of how they would deal with the United States IMO. Walter James McIntosh Bluff, New Zealand ///// Mac McIntosh <email@example.com> ----- 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 -----