If you haven't read the piece on Viet Nam from the Wall Street Journal (1995), you should go read it now. It's an interview with the Vietnamese Politico who accepted the surrender of South Vietnam. Here are some things from it:
Question: How did Hanoi intend to defeat the Americans?This is why Teddy Kennedy can FOAD.
Answer: By fighting a long war which would break their will to help South Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh said, "We don't need to win military victories, we only need to hit them until they give up and get out."
Q: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi's victory?
A: It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.
The extreme left gave hope to the NVA. The result was more dead - on both sides.
They won Viet Nam. We must not let them win this one.