Many out here in the real world ask the question; how could the US “lose” what was never theirs? Vietnam belongs to the Vietnamese – not to a foreign nation. This “losing” blather is just some more of that anti-commie trash and debris from the fifties. Like the silly question posed then,” who lost China?”
You cannot lose what was never yours!
Imagine yourself as a Vietnamese veteranof the NVA, indoctrinated with the hope of independence and anti-imperialism. You lost your leg in the war, but your side won. But now, in 2006, you look around, and you see Coca-Cola signs, Ford Motor Dealerships, Bank of America, and American Express all over your country. You watch as a US warship makes a courtesy visit in Saigon. You might be forgiven if you think to yourself, I lost my leg and my family for all of this, and yet they cut a deal anyway. What the **** was that all about?
Now let’s imagine our veteran has changed nationalities and is now a US veteran, one of ours. Our American Vet, in 2006, looks down to where his leg once was, he looks up to his TV showing him the smiling faces of American businessmen in Vietnam, and the courtesy visit of the U.S. Navy to what was perhaps his old base at Cam Rahn Bay. Our vet is thinking, I lost my **** leg, and they cut a deal anyway. Can we blame either man for wondering, what the **** was that all about?