Now I get my two cents in: When the French left Indochina, Ike and Matt Ridgway knew they had a problem looming. So they inserted a single regiment of Marines into NE Thailand. These jarheads had the Ho Chi Minh Trail interdicted and the entire North Vietnamese Army neutralized. And Victor Charlies could not be built into a meaningful force at all. The Communists then turned to assasination and terrorism. In trying to counter this, the Kennedy-McNamara-Wheeler-Westmoreland whizkids removed the interdicting force and the defecation encountered the oscillilation. Give me the do nothings like Ike and Coolidge. Keep the Boy Wonders would you?