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2012-04-18 Afghanistan
The Taliban Are Too Weak for a Tet Offensive
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Posted by  2012-04-18 10:40|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [245 views ]  Top

#1 Thanks for the excerpt, whoever you are, anonymous poster. Next time, probably better to post a link to Google where the first search result is the article. Thanks!
Posted by gromky 2012-04-18 16:05||   2012-04-18 16:05|| Front Page Top

#2 Just like the real Tet, they don't need to be strong, just need to be strong enough to make us believe/understand the price of victory is more than it's worth to us.
Posted by Glenmore 2012-04-18 17:16||   2012-04-18 17:16|| Front Page Top

#3 Just like the real Tet, they don't need to be strong, just need to be strong enough to make us believe/understand the price of victory is more than it's worth to us.

The real Tet involved 300K to 600K Vietcong and NVA regulars. It was about four orders of magnitude (10,000 times) larger than this offensive. By the end of the Tet offensive, we had lost about 4K dead GI's.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-04-18 17:41||   2012-04-18 17:41|| Front Page Top

#4 But the US et al are already a lot closer to admitting it's not worth it than they were at Tet, when much/most of the country still backed the war. That said, this effort was not sufficient to even move the needle (the constant drip, drip, drip of IEDs and insider attacks are much more effective.)
Posted by Glenmore 2012-04-18 19:02||   2012-04-18 19:02|| Front Page Top

#5 Thanks for the excerpt, whoever you are, anonymous poster. Next time, probably better to post a link to Google where the first search result is the article. Thanks!

'Twas I, gromky. For some reason, sometimes my nym doesn't get attached when I post an article. But come now, you can't highlight, copy and past the article title into a Google search box? Even I can do that, and I'm one of the legendary end users who can't program the DVR.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-04-18 19:37||   2012-04-18 19:37|| Front Page Top

#6 Many Americans expected a "Korea"-styled outcome to Vietnam, hence were shocked when the 1968 Tet Offensive proved it wasn't, espec after Cronkite announced on-air how the US had lost the war.

During Korea, the US had clear Nuclear Dominance over both Red China + post-1945, still Stalinist USSR - by 1968, espec after the Cuban Missle Crisis + rise of Leonid Brezhnev, the US advantage was seriously reduced.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2012-04-18 20:40||   2012-04-18 20:40|| Front Page Top

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