Tet Offensive of 1968 - A Simpler Version - 1st Cav Medic
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1968: The Tet Offensive - CBS News
When Operation Rolling Thunder began in 1965, only 15 percent of the American public opposed the war effort in Vietnam. As late as January 1968, only a few weeks before Tet, only 28 percent of the American public labeled themselves "doves." But by April 1968, six weeks after the , outnumbered 42 to 41 percent.
Remembering 1968: The Tet Offensive - CBS News
The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Bui Tin who served on the GeneralStaff of the North Vietnam Army and received the unconditional surrender of South Vietnamon April 30, 1975. During the interview Mr. Tin was asked if the American antiwar movementwas important to Hanoi's victory. Mr. Tin responded "It was essential to ourstrategy", referring to the war being fought on two fronts, the Vietnam battlefieldand back home in America through the antiwar movement on college campuses and in the citystreets. He further stated the North Vietnamese leadership listened to the Americanevening news broadcasts "to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement."Visits to Hanoi made by persons such as Jane Fonda, former Attorney General Ramsey Clarkand various church ministers "gave us confidence that we should hold on in the faceof battlefield reverses." Mr. Tin surmised, "America lost because of itsdemocracy; through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will towin." Mr. Tin further advised that General Vo Nguyen Giap (Commanding General of theNorth Vietnam Army) had advised him the 1968 Tet Offensive had been a defeat.
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intelligence two months before.
Only 28% of the American people were satisfied with President Johnson's handling of the war. The Tet Offensive convinced many Americans that government statements about the war being nearly over were false. After three years of intense bombing, billions of dollars and 500,000 troops, the VC proved themselves capable of attacking anywhere they chose. The message was simple: this war was almost over. The end was nowhere in sight.