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This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive by [Robbins, James S]
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Robbins, a senior editorial writer for foreign affairs at The Washington Times, invokes Osama bin Ladin to argue that the guerilla warfare tactics of American enemies has historically lead to the U.S. losing fights against inferior troops; Vietnam, Robbins believes, was winnable, and so is Afghanistan. The author argues that America would have seen victory in Vietnam if President Johnson had controlled access to the battlefield the way George W. Bush did in Iraq and had removed naysayers like Robert MacNamara from battle zones. Robbins, executive director of the American Security Council Foundation, blames the usual suspects: the left-wing media (particularly Walter Cronkite and Noam Chomsky), John Kerry, and others. Johnson is criticized for believing in the efficacy of negotiation, and Robbins excuses American excesses by comparing the My Lai Massacre to atrocities committed by the North Vietnamese. The raid on the U.S. embassy in Saigon during the Tet Offensive was not, in his opinion, a clear illustration of the enemy's ability to infiltrate the heart of our positions; like all polemics, Robbins's version of the tale will please some and madden others. (Sept. 14)
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“History is written by the victors, but eventually the truth comes out.”

—Bui Diem, former South Vietnamese Ambassador to the US


“The Tet Offensive is a standing inspiration to today's terrorists and insurgents. This Time We Win is a direct assault on the logic that transforms U.S. tactical victories into strategic defeats.”

—Barry R. McCaffrey, General, USA (Ret.)


“Tough questions and startling answers. Forget what you've heard about the Tet Offensive. Jim Robbins sets the record straight.”

—Colonel Jack Jacobs, US Army Retired. Medal of Honor, 1969, Vietnam

“This book is a wonderfully detailed chronicle of how North Vietnam's crushing military defeat at Tet was converted into a political victory in the US which would sap the American will to win. I recommend this book to American veterans still perplexed at this dichotomy as well as to the public. It is truly a great account of this critical period.”

—John O’Neill, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Unfit for Command

“For over forty years the American experience in the Tet Offensive has been used and abused by those who try to apply the analogy of Tet to contemporary policy. This Time We Win corrects simplistic interpretations of Tet that are often used to create the impression of inevitable defeat in Vietnam and other conflicts. This book deserves a wide readership.”

—Brigadier General H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam





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  • File Size: 1052 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594036381
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (October 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3T8X4I
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By iHappy on September 15, 2010
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James Robbins is not interested in recrimination as much as he is in explanation. Yes, he sets the record straight on Tet, but the book does so much more than that. It demonstrates that most Americans supported the war in Vietnam, and argues convincingly that we were winning that war. The tragedy of Tet was not that we lost, nor that this battle proved we could not win. Just the opposite: Tet showed (and Robbins proves) that the enemy was weak, and that our strategy was working. The real failure was one of understanding, especially at the highest levels. Even there, though, Robbins does not play the blame game. He is sympathetic to the demands of leadership, even if he criticizes those who fail to display it. And the author also refuses to reduce the war to a bumper sticker complaint about the media. Robbins shows the mistakes of particular individuals, but there is no simplistic blanket criticism here. The book is well researched, well argued, and above all well written, sophisticated but readable and unintimidating. It is appropriate for anyone who is interested in Vietnam, but it is also targeted at those who want to understand counterinsurgency and wartime leadership during any era, including our own. Everyone should read this book.
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I can't imagine a better book ever being written about TET '68 and the lead up and aftermath of that tragically misreported and misunderstood event. As a Viet Nam vet and sometimes author about the Viet Nam War, I cannot praise this book enough. With a deftness I found humbling, Dr. Robbins characterizes the major players (North,South, U.S.) in the war with a brevity that reveals more than long rambling biographies (Johnson, Giap, McNamara...) can ever do. The sections about South Vietnamese Colonel Loan and 'the photo' (executing a Viet Cong) are alone worth the price of the book.
This is a great book for all who are interested in the truth about that war, and for all those who are concerned about America's difficult role in limited wars.
Phillip Jennings, Nam-A-Rama; The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War.
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The smoke has cleared, the troops are long gone and James S. Robbins sets the record straight with "This Time We Win." Images of defeated American forces fleeing Vietnam in helicopters are erased. With great clarity, James Robbins revists the TET offensive from the battle field and from the American opinion polls. A must read to understand what went wrong in Vietnam and how to prevent it from happening again. Jim Neidner, Neidner's Talk Radio Show/Houston, [...]
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James Robbins' thorough review of the documentation and information that was not revealed in 1968 finally sheds light on the truth. 'This Time We Win' will engage your mind and heighten your curiosity as it uncovers the hard core facts that show the years of misrepresentation of this event as a defeat. Many thanks to James Robbins for taking the time to find and share that truth. May history now show that American troops, who fought valiantly for a win against Communism in Vietnam, were indeed victorious.
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Well written, easy to read, informative as to the timelines, provides the strategy of both sides and the hindsight revisits from some of the major participants. Shows how the battles were really fought and the misperceptions engendered from biased reporting. Provides valuable and critical insight into the handling of the Vietnam conflict from various perspectives and how the indecision at the highest levels (President Johnson and his Cabinet), as well as the limitations and restrictions placed on the military planners were pivotal in allowing the NVA to operate at will in Cambodia and Laos as well as in South Vietnam itself. Confirms long held beliefs regarding the micro-management of the Johnson Administration in insisting on selection and approval of all targets prior to each bombing campaign. Tragic when one considers placing young soldiers in harm's way with no strategic objective for winning the conflict. Judging from the opinions gleaned from this book, one has to wonder why we were even there in the capacity that we were. I agree with the author's assessment that if fought properly there would have been a different outcome to the conflict as the US military never lost a battle regardless of the media's perception. The book kept me captivated from beginning to end.
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Along with "A Better War" by Lewis Sorley; "An American Amnesia" by Bruce Herschensohn; "On Strategy" by Harry G. Summers Jr.; and to a lesser degree "Ending the Vietnam War" by Henry Kissinger, this should be required reading for anyone wishing to understand why we lost the war and gave up on the South Vietnamese people. Definitely a stain in American history.
The book details how the press and the Johnson administration turned what was clearly a military victory into a psychological and political defeat.
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An amazing account of what really happened during the famous Tet Offensive. The whole story had never really been told before and is wonderfully documented. It has a lot of personal linkage to me as I was a Captain in the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta during the entire Tet Offensive. I personally saw large numbers of VC (not NVA) corpses in our area (Tan An) and assumed that it must have been a complete bloodbath for the enemy throughout the country. Sadly, nearly all the "reporting" during this time came from those blowhards (including Walter Cronkite) who spent 90 % of their time reporting from the rooftop bar of the Rex Hotel in Saigon. We never saw any of those clowns in the field. Their failure to tell the real story was absolute dereliction of duty.
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