Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia

Title

Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia

Authors

Ira A. Hunt Jr.

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Description

This book chronicles the efforts of U.S. military and State Department officials after the official ceasefire in Vietnam who argued that severe congressional budget reductions would lead to the ultimate defeat of both Cambodia and South Vietnam. It details the catastrophic effects of reduced funding and of conducting “wars by budget.” These reductions portended the ultimate defeats of both South Vietnam and Cambodia and although the warning signs of potential collapses were definitely evident and reported by USSAG, they were generally ignored by superior headquarters. It highlights how analytical studies provided to commanders and staff agencies improved decision making in military operations. By assessing allied capabilities and the strength of enemy operations, this book argues that America’s lack of financial support and resolve doomed both countries to defeat.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-4208-1

eISBN

978-0-8131-4207-4 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-4206-7 (epub version)

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813142081.001.0001

Keywords

Vietnam War, Cambodia, South Vietnam, U.S. State Department, USSAG, U.S. Congress, Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces, War by budget

Disciplines

History | Military History