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Viet Nam Revisited – General Giap’s Memoirs

Posted by Warren Peterson on December 6, 2007

A friend sent me the following (It has been around for several years but still worth remembering.):

General Vo Nguyen Giap.
Giap’s memoirs… ( Gen. Giap was top General in the North Vietman Army )

General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed what most Americans knew. The Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam — it was lost at home. The exact same slippery slope, sponsored by the Democrats and the US media, is currently well underway. It exposes the enormous power of a biased media (the Democrats could never do it alone) to cut out the heart and will of the American public.

General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam
military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the
Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi:

“What we still don’t understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi. You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battles of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was definitely helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!”

A truism worthy of note: Do not fear the enemy, for they can take only your life. Fear the media far more, for they will destroy your honour.

Do you think Ted Kennedy and his U.S. Senate seat mate from Massachusetts, John Kerry, have read the General’s comments? How about former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite?

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4 Responses to “Viet Nam Revisited – General Giap’s Memoirs”

  1. Maj JM MacFarlane, USA (ret) said

    Mid 1980,s at the National Convention
    of Reserve Officers Association in Hilton Hotel Washington DC, General Westmoreland presented a speech before 300 ROA Officers on behalf of
    Project Freedom of Phoenix, AZ and the American POW´s behind in SEA..

    Before the speech at lunch Gen West-
    moreland explained to me he had the
    N. Vietnamese on their knees several
    times with the B-52s and every time he was winning the politicians in Washington, DC would remove the B52s from availablity.

    Gen Westmoreland also stated he had the best ground troops in history.

    Looks like Gen Giap´s memoirs reflect the experience of Gen Westmorland!

    Major James M MacFarlane
    United States Army, Avn, (ret)

    ______________________________________Info only I´m also ex Air America
    and retired American Air pilot.

  2. J. Gocht said

    THERE IS NO SUCH QUOTE in either of General Giap’s two post-war publications (Vo Nguyen Giap, Unforgettable Months And Years, Southeast Asia Program, Dept. of Asian Studies, Cornell University, 1975 or How We Won the War (coauthored by Van Tien Dung) RECON Publications, 1976).

    http://firedoglake.com/2007/12/10/making-it-up-as-they-go-along/

    Olde soldier sends…
    USA Special Forces, A213,A232,A234,PD2, Vietnam, 1962-1966.

  3. John Doe said

    I love it when smarmy know-it-alls think they have the final word by citing some left-wing nutjob blog. Correct, Gen Giap apparently never said anything like that quote, but a former Colonel in the NVA said words which very closely track the sentiment of the quote. See snopes, near the bottom:

    http://www.snopes.com/quotes/giap.asp

    • J.Gocht said

      Hey JDeee…

      Never mind FireDogLake
      Check yer local library for General Giap’s book…

      THERE IS NO SUCH QUOTE in either of General Giap’s two post-war publications (Vo Nguyen Giap, Unforgettable Months And Years, Southeast Asia Program, Dept. of Asian Studies, Cornell University, 1975 or How We Won the War (coauthored by Van Tien Dung) RECON Publications, 1976).

      Have fun in Vegas…family man…!

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