The Americans Did The Right Thing, The Communists F*cked the Country Up
All The Americans did was try to protect the South Vietnamese from North Vietnamese, Communist Oppression. They gave them every opportunity to defend themselves, with considerable money and sacrifice. Sadly, the South was unable to take advantage of that assistance, and protect themselves. However, that was not the fault of the Americans, nor did it make the effort unworthy.
Today, Vietnam is turning to capitalism, and hopefully, they will eventually turn to democracy as well. However, there is no question that South Vietnam would have been far better off if it had never had to deal with Communist oppression in the first place.
Ultimately, is is sad that the South was not able to benefit from American assistance, and develop a viable non-communist government. But the Americans can not be blamed for this, and they certainly should not be blamed for trying to do the right thing. Few democracies would exist today, of course, if not for American assistance and intervention.
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