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Old Today, 05:17 AM
 
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As for the original question: It is but an exercise in futile armchair quarterbacking, with the benefits of hindsight viewed through modern day lenses.

Along those lines, one could also ask:

Would there have been any negative consequences for not staying longer in the Korean War to prevent a stalemate and division of the country along the lines of what Vietnam was then: North and South, communist and democratic?

Would there have been any negative consequences for getting involved the 1979 Iranian revolution that ushered in Islamic fundamentalist rule?

Would there have been any negative consequences for not supporting Japan when they were in the League of Nations?

Answers to all those have real-world consequences for us today, just as much as Vietnam possibly would have, had things turned out differently.

We now have a divided Korea, with the communist North Korea under totalitarian rule and armed with nuclear capabilities, the threat of which they regularly use against us as a form of extortion. Same scenario with Iran. And perhaps, if we had done things differently when they were in the League of Nations, Japan would not have attacked us at Pearl Harbor, thus dragging us into WWII.

So questions asked in hindsight are futile exercises in frustration, because you cannot predict with certainty the outcome of any complex events on a global geopolitical scale as they unfold, in an ever-changing world with continuous shifting sociopolitical alliances and needs that have potential to affect us all, whether we are proactive or reactive to it.

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Old Today, 06:45 AM
 
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While most will say our involvement in Vietnam was pointless, was there anything positive about it that had the U.S never gotten involved in Vietnam in any way, shape or form would've been bad?
If the US wanted to get involved in Vietnam then they should have done so when British forces were there, when it was much more winnable.

The French turned the Vietnamese against them, and the US was left to try and pick up the pieces, whilst Britain which had already fought in Vietnam wanted no part in another war over a territory which has traditionally been French.


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Old Today, 08:22 AM
 
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As for the original question: It is but an exercise in futile armchair quarterbacking, with the benefits of hindsight viewed through modern day lenses.

Along those lines, one could also ask:

Would there have been any negative consequences for not staying longer in the Korean War to prevent a stalemate and division of the country along the lines of what Vietnam was then: North and South, communist and democratic?

Would there have been any negative consequences for getting involved the 1979 Iranian revolution that ushered in Islamic fundamentalist rule?

Would there have been any negative consequences for not supporting Japan when they were in the League of Nations?

Answers to all those have real-world consequences for us today, just as much as Vietnam possibly would have, had things turned out differently.

We now have a divided Korea, with the communist North Korea under totalitarian rule and armed with nuclear capabilities, the threat of which they regularly use against us as a form of extortion. Same scenario with Iran. And perhaps, if we had done things differently when they were in the League of Nations, Japan would not have attacked us at Pearl Harbor, thus dragging us into WWII.

So questions asked in hindsight are futile exercises in frustration, because you cannot predict with certainty the outcome of any complex events on a global geopolitical scale as they unfold, in an ever-changing world with continuous shifting sociopolitical alliances and needs that have potential to affect us all, whether we are proactive or reactive to it.
So very true............
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