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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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The Great Lesson of the Vietnam War

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Standing in the center of Hanoi in March 1977, Amb. Quinn recalls asking himself how it could be possible that the United States of America, that had prevailed over two much more powerful entities in World War II, would lose a war against an extremely poor country such as North Vietnam. He concludes that it was the division of the American people and the concomitant loss of will to continue the war that would ultimately lead to America’s defeat and being unceremoniously chased from the country. He observes that in the second decade of the 21st century that this lesson is still relevant for the American people, as our adversaries continue their efforts to divide Americans from each other.

 

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