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Their greatest generation

 

 

Military historian Ling Nguyen and Maj. Gen. Trang Ngoc Tho in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo M. Steinglass
Military historian Nguyen Huu Nguyen and Maj. Gen. Tran Ngoc Tho in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo M. Steinglass

Had a long interview today with renowned military historian Nguyen Huu Nguyen, and Nguyen's old comrade in arms Maj. Gen. Tran Ngoc Tho. We talked about the history of "pacification" (i.e. counterinsurgency) strategies in Vietnam and how the Viet Cong defeated them, and later Nguyen talked about the implications for U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. He doesn't think the United States' prospects are very good. I'll have more on this in an article soon.

 

http://www.globalpost.com/notebook/vietnam/090222/their-greatest-generation