Tet Offensive Anniversary

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by roguetrooper1981, Jan 30, 2008.

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  1. Wikipedia tells me today is the anniversary of the '68 Tet Offensive. It seems to have been the most famous case of a victory being spun into a defeat by a hostile media. Could the Americans have recovered their pre-1968 resolve or was Vietnam always a lost cause?
  2. Armies fight wars, Politicians Start and often lose then without the military helping.
  3. Hello roguetrooper1981,

    the media is an effective weapon of war.
    As the media grows more powerful so it becomes more difficult to win wars without controlling it.

    Therein lies the great paradox of liberal western democracy.
    Without military victory liberal western democracy cannot exist.
    Without control of the media it is increasingly difficult to achieve military victory.
    Without free media liberal western democracy cannot exist.

    If war is policy by other means,so policy is war by other means.
    Opinion defines policy and the media defines opinion.
    Hence the media defines wars and wars define the media.

    Napoleon is less well known for his media skills than his military victories.
    However,he turned an ignominious defeat in North Africa into a great victory in much the same way that the American media turned the Tet victory into a defeat.