Vietnam_Essay - Hist 2321 Professor Strauss 11/17/08...

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Hist 2321 Professor Strauss 11/17/08 Response to November 18 reading The conflict of the Vietnam War and the American failure to succeed in it are the topics addressed by the three authors Rupert Smith, Gabriel Kolko, and C. Dale Walton in their respective works The Utility of Force , Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States and the Modern Historical Experience , and The Myth of the Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam . Smith’s writing on Vietnam can be separated into two sections, one in which he describes the chronology of the both the French and American Wars in Vietnam and a second in which he tries to explain why the U.S. lost (or rather, why the North Vietnamese won). In this first section he continuously uses his concept of military density to help explain why certain outcomes took place. In the latter section he concentrates on capability (providing his own mathematical formula for it) and makes the point that the means to wage war are alone not enough to ensure victory. Kolko also seeks to explain why the U.S. failed in Vietnam; however his reasoning is
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