Over at The Wall Street Journal is a book review written by Max Boot, on a new book on the Viet-nam War and General William Westmoreland, Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Viet-nam, by author Lewis Sorley.
I haven't read the book. I have read the review and then about a dozen EMails commenting on the review.
My take is that General Westmoreland didn't do it alone. He had help. But, he was a major player.
That said, there is always a tension in our nation—and it is a good and healthy tension—between our civilian and military leadership about how to run a war. At the end of the day it is the civilian leadership that is responsible for a loss, but sometimes they are helped by the military, as with Viet-nam. The flip side is that our military wins our wars, but they do it with the help of the civilian leadership, who sometimes even help by firing generals and admirals. It is a terrible system, but when properly applied it works for us.
Regards — Cliff