The 1968 Tet Offensive: We won and the media said we lost

During February 1968, thousands of North Vietname and Viet Cong troops crossed into South Vietnam.  It came to be known as “The Tet Offensive.”

Overall, US soldiers successfully beat back troops in the Vietnam War. By any measurement, the offensive was a crushing military defeat for the communist invaders. Unfortunately, the media reported a smashing communist victory and lied about what happened on the ground.

Shame on the news media. Indeed, we were caught by surprise, but US troops fought back and stopped the offensive.

Sadly, President Johnson was so weak that he could not go over the news media and talk to the American voters.  He allowed them to tell us that Tet was a defeat when it really wasn’t.

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