Vietnamese & American Generals...

Forgiv me if this has come up before… I would’ve searched the archives, but as a guest, I can’t. Anyways…

I’ve heard, many times, a story about an American General and a Vietnamese General arguing about the war.

The American says something like “You never defeated us. We won every single military engagement.”; to which the Vietnames general responds with, “True; but irrelevant.”

Urban Myth? Really happened?

**This brings to mind a story from the Vietnam era, as written up in the March-April 2005 Military Review: “While negotiating in Hanoi a few days before Saigon fell, U.S. Army Colonel Harry Summers, Jr. [later author of On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War], said to a North Vietnamese colonel, ‘You know, you never defeated us on the battlefield.’ The Vietnamese colonel replied, ‘That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.'” **


Thanks! Always wondered about the details…