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As William Bundy, a senior State Department official in the Johnson administration, later admitted, there was “no great chance for peace” in November 1968.
In fact, LBJ’s October 31st bombshell announcement gave North Vietnam a major military advantage.
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It is not true that President Nixon continued the war for his own political benefit.
In fact, there’s no doubt that an immediate withdrawal of our 540,000 troops in Vietnam on the day he took office would have served his immediate political interests.
September 28, 2017 Dear Friends, With the the airing of Ken Burns’ 10-part series, “The Vietnam War” drawing to a close, we want to share with you some of our thoughts about our father’s Vietnam policies and strategies that the episodes covering his presidency misrepresented.
It saddened him that so many clashed in America’s streets and on college campuses, and it angered him that some treated our troops returning home from the battlefield as pariahs.But it was JFK and LBJ who got us into the war; Richard Nixon got us out.Our father believed, however, that a hasty retreat from Vietnam would have led to a perilous American retreat from the world.President Nixon wound down America’s involvement in Vietnam to give the people of South Vietnam the chance to live in freedom.
To suggest that he strung out the war is flatly wrong.
He won the support of the “Silent Majority” of Americans; did what he said he would do; and never lost their support for his policy.