A question I've not ever figured out. We all figured it was politicians war because of all the odd restrictions, like no fire zones, even though we were being fired at from there.
Lose? Not to any GI who was there. We generally kicked Charlie's butt every time we encountered him. We didn't lose that war, they wore down our weak politicians and they just said to walk away.
After 9 years in S.E. Asia, you get to know the ways of the people and I always thought the truth was that they actually didn't care whether we were there or not.
I would have thought we learned our lesson then but Asscrackistan proved me wrong.
Ask any Vet about why we "lost" and I'm sure you'll get a sarcastic answer.
We didn't lose, we walked away because some R.E.M.F. told us we had too.
That war didn't end in 75 when they said as I was still there till 79.