And from the past: When I left Vietnam the last time in Nov 1970, we had a victory in hand. The Viet Cong insurgency was kaput and the North Vietnamese regulars ineffectual. The only problem was the fact that the US needed combat boots on the ground to keep things that way. This was because the Ho Chi Minh Trail remained uninterdicted. Leaving the 1st Cavalry Division as a strategic reserve for the next 10 years would have done the trick. Again the public was not told, thought all was lost and the Vietnamese we could count on were abandoned. And certtain Americans rejoiced. We need a thorough housecleaning.