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John McCain: He Beat Us in War but Never in Battle - WSJ.com


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We stood up, shook hands, and as I turned to leave, he grasped my arm, and said softly, "you were an honorable enemy."

I don't know if he meant that as a comparison to Vietnam's other adversaries, the Chinese, the Japanese or the French, who had killed his wife, or if it was an implicit recognition we had fought for ideals rather than empire and that our humanity had played a part in our defeat. Maybe he just meant to flatter me. Whatever his meaning, I appreciated the sentiment.

Mr. McCain is a Republican senator from Arizona.

McCain had an excellent ghost writer for this one.

The U.S. never lost a battle against North Vietnam, but it lost the war. Countries, not just their armies, win wars. Giap understood that. We didn't. Americans tired of the dying and the killing before the Vietnamese did. It's hard to defend the morality of the strategy. But you can't deny its success.

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