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HST11-12-07 - The American War in Vietnam Waging the War...

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The American War in Vietnam: 11/12/07 Waging the War - General Westmorland, attrition & body counts, “hearts & minds” commander for the US forces, told the president we were winning the war, war of attrition (taking body counts at the end of battles) killing enough people would bring the Vietnamese to their knees o Rolling thunder – strategic bombing…US dropped more bombs on Vietnam than Germany, Italy, and Japan in WWII Dow Chemical, Napalm, Agent Orange – people are still bearing the effects of agent orange and napalm…agent orange took the leaves off of trees so that the US, from above, could see the Vietnamese in the woods…napalm was a flammable liquid that stuck to trees and people Ho Chi Minh Trail - Tet Offensive, 1968 – represented a turning point in the war…North Vietnamese staged numerous attacks as a way of demonstrating their power…40,000 Vietnamese had been killed by this point so “we were winning”…exposed the
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