ACCUMULATING PERIPHERALS


Their greatest generation by mattsteinglass
February 22, 2009, 11:07 pm
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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 US strategy in Afghanistan. He doesn’t think the US’s prospects are very good. I’ll have more on this in an article on GlobalPost.com later this week.

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