American National Will and the Vietnam War
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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National will is the strategic link Clausewitz calls it the center of gravity in the success of any war. Growing disillusionment of the American people led to a loss of national will and, ultimately, to the defeat of the United States in Vietnam. Destruction of the enemys will to continue to fight is not a new strategy. This essay describes some of the causes of Americas inability to mobilize the national will in support of the war everchanging aims, absence of a sound military strategy, lack of a declaration of war, failure to mobilize the reserves, unfair draft deferment policy, insufficient economic sacrifices, dishonesty and ineptitude of our national leaders, micromanagement by top leaders of tactical decisions, and a biased press. America lost the war not because of failure on the battlefield, but because we failed to sustain the national will of the people in support of our cause.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics