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Setup: What the Air Force Did in Vietnam and Why

by Earl H. Tilford, Jr.

American military professionals, especially the U.S. Air Force, have had a difficult time understanding their role in this nation’s defeat in Vietnam. Dr. Tilford provides a critical self-analysis and questions the underlying assumptions of the Air Force’s strategy in Southeast Asia. He argues that we must understand what went wrong in Vietnam and why, and not manipulate the record and paint failure as victory. He explains what led to the “setup,” which not only resulted in a failure for airpower but also contributed to the fall of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to Communist forces in 1975.