How America Abandoned Southeast Asia
In Losing Vietnam, Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr. chronicles the efforts of U.S. military and State Department officials who argued that severe congressional budget reductions ultimately would lead to the defeat of both Cambodia and South Vietnam. Hunt details the catastrophic effects of reduced funding and of conducting "wars by budget." As deputy commander of the United States Support Activities Group Headquarters (USAAG) in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Hunt received all Southeast Asia operational reports, reconnaissance information, and electronic intercepts, placing him at the forefront of military intelligence and analysis in the area. He also met frequently with senior military leaders of Cambodia and South Vietnam, contacts who shared their insights and gave him personal accounts of the ground wars raging in the region.
This detailed and fascinating work highlights how analytical studies provided to commanders and staff agencies improved decision making in military operations. By assessing allied capabilities and the strength of enemy operations, Hunt effectively demonstrates that America's lack of financial support and resolve doomed Cambodia and South Vietnam to defeat.
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"This is the most detailed, insightful, documented, and authentic account of these matters we have had thus far and will constitute an important addition to the historical record of this complex conflict."—Lewis Sorley, author of Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
"Hunt's book deserves to be widely read. Whether the facts in this outstanding book will sway opinion, or re-set the historical debate, is a question . . . Facts though, are stubborn things."—Journal of Military History
"Hunt's book is a forceful refutation of the argument that there was nothing America could have done to save South Vietnam. . . . Hunt's assessment has great resonance for what most probably will be the fates of Iraq and Afghanistan."—Vietnam Magazine
"Readers interested in the Vietnam War and its aftermath, particularly the last two years of South Vietnam's existence, will appreciate Hunt's clear writing style and fluid explanations of complex metrics."—On Point
"For the serious historian or military strategist who would want to have one book in his library to explain the loss of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, this would be it."—U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
"General Hunt demonstrates that reliable data do exist, and in Losing Vietnam he provides statistical proof that the U.S. congressional aid cuts had a deadly impact upon the South Vietnamese and Cambodian armed forces. Even though he was a direct witness to those painful events, the author seeks to quantify his opinion, expert as it may be, with solid facts.
[. . .] Hunt's book deserves to be widely read."—Journal of Military History
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