Was Vietnam Winnable? A New Book Suggests Yes and Offers Advice for the War in Afghanistan.

Was Vietnam Winnable? A New Book Suggests Yes and Offers Advice for the War in Afghanistan. By Jennifer Rubin – Washington Post

Max Boot, a highly regarded military historian and foreign-policy analyst who is also a fierce critic of President Trump, is out with a new book: “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam.” Lansdale (whose name is mentioned as Daniel Ellsberg’s boss in the opening scene of “The Post”) was a Vietnam analyst who correctly saw that our strategy was going in the wrong direction. As Boot said in a recent interview at the Council on Foreign Relations, “Lansdale tried to make [Defense Secretary Robert] McNamara and the other policymakers in the Kennedy administration realize the true nature of the war and to understand that we were not going to win just through superior firepower. And unfortunately, that message would be vindicated in the years ahead. But it was not something that McNamara was willing to believe in the beginning.”

I interviewed Boot via email. Our conversation, slightly edited for space and clarity, follows…

Read on.

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