Thursday, September 1, 2011

9/11 And The Tet Offensive

In February, 1968, the Vietnamese communists launched the Tet Offensive, attacking everywhere in South Vietnam simultaneously with every single Viet Cong soldier at once. Tactically, it was the greatest military failure of all time. Virtually all of them were killed, and they accomplished nothing. Strategically, it was the beginning of the communists winning that war. (Sure that's the Classics Illustrated version, it's late.)

This whole 9/11 thing is starting to look somewhat similar to me. The attack itself was an act of great initiative, like the Tet Offensive, and what is the situation after ten years? We have spent ourselves into the ground, chasing around the world like a cat on fire, with almost nothing to show for it except a reputation for torture, the enmity of a billion Muslims, an exhausted military, and a dangerously depleted economy. Who won that one?

6 comments:

Cletis L. Stump said...

Good point, Fred. Rope-a-Dope and Bush was the perfect dope.

Tanya said...

My god I was just saying that to my husband during the Congress debacle. THAT and our failing economy are the absolute results of 9/11 throwing our country into chaos. American hubris won't let us utter the words that the terrorists have won.

Thrasher said...

WOW... Very Insightful Professor!!

fred c said...

Winning can be hard to define. (And Greg, that's "Lecturer" in my case!)

Anonymous said...

Junior pointed me towards the movie "The Battle of Algeirs" [for?] have you seen it? I still haven't but he broke it down for me. Off topic a bit but on point I believe.

OC

fred c said...

That's a great movie, a classic on its own and also a great lesson in unconventional politics. That was another bunch who ended up winning while losing every day.