I’ve looked up american fragging incidents in Vietnam (800 in one year), a prison riot at Long Binh, men leaving to go on patrol only to turn around after like, twenty metres or refusing to go all together. I even heard of a firebase mutiny where soldiers actually put their officers under siege in their command bunker. How did the US military break down so badly?


> Draft

> Heavy counter-culture movements in the country

> A country no one knew existed until the army came

> Terrible humid climate that made everyone miserable

> Extreme use of drugs and alcohol. 

> Pointless bloody battles fought in places that seemed random

> No clear goals, frontlines and even enemy formations 

Way too much stuff got in the way to make it one hell of a war. 


Failure to learn from he past.

The US was fighting a colonial resource war, the Vietnamese were fighting a war of national liberation.