“It’s a funny thing, war. Never have so many suffered so much so so few could be so happy!” (Frank Burns, idiot extraordinaire M.A.S.H).
In the early 60s, America found itself entrenched in yet another war on whatever. It was not waged to protect our shores or to protect democracy. Vietnam was an exercise in political futility, doomed from the start to fail.
And like President Johnson’s gall bladder surgery, Vietnam’s legacy left a scar on the belly of a nation that prided itself in “never losing a war”.
But hey, it wasn’t really a war. It was a “police action” -- that is, if you ignore the 58,209 Americans killed during the action.