SF CHRONICLE --- For what? Nearly 60,000 Americans and more than a million Vietnamese died.
All told, the US spent more than a trillion dollars on what every president since Dwight Eisenhower said privately was a futile effort.
"There ain't no daylight in Vietnam," said Lyndon Baines Johnson. "Not a bit." The price the US paid in lives and money on the war was not confined to just the 28 years of the nation's involvement in Vietnam. The war, says Northern California veteran Phil Gioia in the PBS film "The Vietnam War," "drove a stake right into the heart of the country and, unfortunately, we never recovered."
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