August 27, 2007

Judged Vietnam Had Been a Mistake When U.S. Troop Withdrawals Began

60%

That’s the proportion of Americans who, in January 1973 when the signing of the Paris Peace Accords ended direct U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, said that sending U.S. troops there was a mistake.

As in the case of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, few among the public initially took a dim view of U.S. intervention in Vietnam — in March 1966, only about one-in-four Americans (26%) told a Gallup poll that they thought sending U.S. troops to Vietnam was a mistake — but as that involvement deepened and lengthened, the number taking that view increased more or less steadily, rising to more than half in August 1968 and to 60% by early January 1973 as the U.S. began withdrawal of most American troops. Read More