I agree conceptually with you, how ever it was more difficult for the public to determine the truth. For example; after the Tet offensive Cronkite and the other news casts reported Tet as a huge loss for the US military. When in fact the Vietcong were smashed with huge loses of men and materials. The US had a bloody nose but the Vietcong were on the ropes. Johnson, and McNamara sat on their hands and didn’t take advantage of the situation. If they had a plan to win the war it could have been accomplished then. The public had no idea what really happened. In fact the US still uses McNamara’s failed concepts for fighting wars not to win.
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