I must take issue with Charles William Maynes (Opinion, Dec. 29). He wrote, "A small nation, Vietnam, defeated the United States on the battlefield."
This is nonsense, and his attempt to rewrite history is transparent and despicable. Vietnam did not defeat the United States on the battlefield. Not once in 10 years of fire and maneuver, atrocity and sabotage, did North Vietnam's forces achieve a decisive military victory against those of the United States. Not even during Tet in 1968. Not once. Not ever.
U.S. forces soundly beat the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in virtually every large-scale encounter. The record is quite plain on this. Surely Maynes must know this.
Vietnam did win at the Paris talks what it never won in the field. It won a propaganda war waged on American college campuses and big-city streets, and in the American news media.