Dragging Viet Nam On and On

It has been said that the United States was deceived into entering and expanding the Viet Nam War by its own overoptimistic propaganda. The record suggests, however, that the policy-makers stayed in Viet Nam not so much because of overly optimistic hopes of winning… as because of overly pessimistic assessments of the consequences of losing.

~ Jonathan Schell (1943-08-21 2014-03-25 age:70) The Real World