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Most Lessons of War Are Eternal; Question Others

The primary lesson of the Vietnam War is that there are no lessons of the Vietnam War, at least when it comes to things we can learn that are unique to that conflict. War has an unchanging nature but each war has a character all its own. So it was with Vietnam.

The applicability of any lessons specific to Vietnam that we think we may have gleaned from it are limited by the fact that the war took place in an international context – the Cold War – that no longer exists.

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