The Tet Offensive of 1968

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The Effects of the Tet Offensive on the Outcome of the Vietnam War By Jordan Alvarado Outline Thesis: The Tet Offensive of 1968 while a military victory for the United States, was the turning point during the Vietnam War ultimately resulting in the complete withdrawal of the United States military before its mission was complete. 1. Background a. The United States commits to fighting Communism in South East Asia b. 1965, the ground war begins c. The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong plan a major offensive 2. Vietnamese Lunar New Year “Tet” 1968 d. The North Vietnamese Army launch their attack e. Saigon f. The ancient city of Hue 3. Effects on the United States a. The United States military intelligence failure b. The Media brings the Tet Offensive to the American people c. Lyndon B. Johnson and General Westmoreland 4. Controversy a. My Lai b. The Anti War movement go’s mainstream c. The Soldiers of the United States begin to lose their will to fight 5. Although the Tet Offensive was unsuccessful for the North Vietnamese Army, they showed that United States had seriously underestimated them and their capabilities. The United States boasted prematurely that the war was nearing its end and the North Vietnamese were all but defeated. However those statements were discredited by the media who brought the Tet Offensive into the homes of millions of Americans which resulted in the highest disapproval of any war amongst American citizens in the history of the United States. In addition the Tet Offensive also showed that the North Vietnamese were willing to fight until the last man and that regardless of how many casualties they suffered, they would fight the United States until the end. SGT Jordan Alvarado SFC Delong 13F ALC Class 017-13 19 July 2013 The
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