Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia

Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia

by Ira A. Hunt Jr.


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In the early 1970s, as U.S. combat forces began to withdraw from Southeast Asia, South Vietnamese and Cambodian forces continued the fight against the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF), more commonly known as the Viet Cong. Despite the evacuation of its ground troops, the United States promised to materially support its allies' struggle against communist aggression. Over time, however, the American government drastically reduced its funding of the conflict, placing immense strain on the Cambodian and South Vietnamese armed forces, which were fighting well-supplied enemies.

In Losing Vietnam, Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr. chronicles the efforts of U.S. military and State Department officials who argued that severe congressional budget reductions ultimately would lead to the defeat of both Cambodia and South Vietnam. Hunt details the catastrophic effects of reduced funding and of conducting "wars by budget." As deputy commander of the United States Support Activities Group Headquarters (USAAG) in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Hunt received all Southeast Asia operational reports, reconnaissance information, and electronic intercepts, placing him at the forefront of military intelligence and analysis in the area. He also met frequently with senior military leaders of Cambodia and South Vietnam, contacts who shared their insights and gave him personal accounts of the ground wars raging in the region.

This detailed and fascinating work highlights how analytical studies provided to commanders and staff agencies improved decision making in military operations. By assessing allied capabilities and the strength of enemy operations, Hunt effectively demonstrates that America's lack of financial support and resolve doomed Cambodia and South Vietnam to defeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813142081
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Series: Battles and Campaigns
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,124,772
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ira A. Hunt Jr. is a retired major general and the author of The 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam: Unparalleled and Unequaled.

Table of Contents

Lists of Illustrations ix

Preface xiii

1 Nakhon Phanom 1

2 South Vietnam 5

3 Cambodia 171

4 The Mayaguez Incident 299

5 Thailand 311

6 Laos 317

Epilogue 321

Glossary 323

Appendix A 327

Appendix B 335

Appendix C 345

Appendix D 349

Appendix E 357

Sources 361

Index 377

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