Vice-President Joe Biden was one of the members of the U.S. Senate to seal the fate of the South Vietnamese by voting to cut off U.S. support for those battling the communists from the north, according to the author of a new book.
Richard Botkin, author of “Ride the Thunder,” toured battlefields in Vietnam and chronicled accounts of the Vietnamese military organization called TQLC, whose members, with their American advisers, “fought, bled, endured and triumphed against communism.”
He appeared recently with Hugh Hewitt on PJTV.com, and the interview is available at this link.
He said the advocates of halting U.S. support “sealed the fate of Vietnam.” Botkin reveals in his book the heroic and mostly untold story of how Vietnamese Marines and their U.S. advisers actually were winning before that happened.
Botkin, who spent thousands of hours researching, tells the story, among others, of Capt. John Ripley, whose daring raid to destroy the Dong Ha Bridge held off more than 20,000 North Vietnamese troops.
In an earlier exclusive interview with WND, Botkin explained why he believes what Americans know about the end of the Vietnam War is wrong – because they were 8,000 miles away and were told only one side of the story.
“From the American side, I think most people have a completely uninformed or misinformed opinion of the Vietnam War,” Botkin told WND earlier. “Most Americans, including people who served in Vietnam, didn’t appreciate the level of sacrifice of the South Vietnamese. These people love freedom.”
He documents how the Viet Cong, a band of communist guerrillas in South Vietnam, blended in with the civilian population and even posed as police officers. Known for their stealth and deception, they often poisoned wells and intimidated civilians into silence, forcing them to endure classes of communist propaganda and indoctrination.
Also, soldiers of the communist North Vietnamese Army, or NVA, routinely attacked thousands of helpless civilian refugees – including young women, elderly citizens and crying children – with intentional and indiscriminate artillery fire. In 1968, communists murdered between 3,000 and 6,000 innocent civilians and buried them in mass graves. Families endured pain, suffering, and indignities that many Americans might never imagine while communists released propaganda readily consumed by Western critics of the Vietnam War.
See WND’s exclusive video interview with “Ride the Thunder” author Richard Botkin:
Botkin writes about the propaganda that was issued by the communists – and snapped up by Western media. Such media demonization of U.S. and South Vietnamese efforts played a role in turning the tide of American support for the war, he said.
Many times, correspondents conveyed the idea that the enemy had networks of tunnels and hideouts, with Viet Cong fighters running rampant in jungles and lurking in villages. While the press gave many Americans a feeling that Marines and soldiers were always in harm's way, the Republic of Vietnam's fledgling democracy was beginning, by 1966, to show progress and promise.
Botkin noted that American media and movies often still portray the Vietnamese as corrupt, weak, effete and treasonous rather than people who were fighting for their freedom. But he said "Ride the Thunder" reveals the untold inspirational story the media neglected – one of friendship, bravery, patriotism and courage.