Why did the U.S. lose the Vietnam War?
The war in Vietnam is considered as one of the most embarrassing wars loses the US has ever been involved in. Other equally major losses include the war in Somalia and the war in Lebanon. The US has scored very highly in major battles such as the war against the Nazis, the war against imperial Japan, the war and above the Cold War. However, in the past, the US scored poorly in wars against relatively small or weaker militaries such as the Vietnam, Somalia and in Lebanon. Historians have argued that the Vietnamese war never lost but the chance to win was never provided while some critics assert that the Vietnamese won the war simply by not giving up as well as not allowing the US to win.
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In this regard, many lessons have been learnt from the infamous loss of the Vietnam War. One critical lesson learnt is that never underestimate the opponent however strong you purport to be. The other reason is put more effort in preparedness as opposed to focusing and finding solace in superiority and military power. The other major lesson never fight in a war you do not fully believe in it cause, therefore, not ready to fight to the end. These are among the many bitter lesson learnt in the Vietnam and other similar small battles lost but otherwise cost American blood in vain.
1 Record, Jeffrey. Why the Strong Lose. U.S. Army War College, 2005.