Their mandate was to crush National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) resistance. Strategy was to terrorize people into submission.
Operations were no holds barred. Indiscriminate mass murder and atrocities were committed. US military personnel and South Vietnamese government officials considered security risks were targeted.
High-value elements mattered most. Countless others were affected. Around 80,000 died before operations ended.
Later reports said OP failed. John Pilger called America's Southeast Asian war "the grand illusion of the American cause." What couldn't succeed finally ended.
Many remember Washington's humiliating April 30, 1975 Saigon embassy rooftop exit. Perhaps Middle East/North African/Central Asian ones await.
America considers state-sponsored terrorism success stories.
Johnson and Nixon prioritized them. So did Reagan, Bush I and II, Clinton and Obama. Rogue states operate no holds barred. Inviolable international and domestic laws are spurned.
Unchallenged global dominance alone matters. Unlimited body count totals and mass destruction further it. Wars of aggression are called liberating ones. Humanitarian intervention duplicity justifies them.
Patriotism means going along with criminal lawlessness. Truth is turned on its head. Media scoundrels suppress it. Rogue politicians betray their constituents.
It's institutionalized. Empires never say they're sorry. Policy is made through the barrel of a gun. It's not pretty. It proliferates state terror globally. Most people haven't a clue.
They're hooked on bread and circuses. They're mindless about what affects them most. Their dismissiveness compromises their own security. Their futures are jeopardized. Their children may not have one worth living. People are on their own to fight back.
Prioritized wealth, power, privilege and dominance undermine what's too important to lose. Permanent imperial wars alone divert trillions of vitally needed dollars. They're not available for essential domestic needs.
Popular ones go begging. Bailing out bankers and rewarding other corporate favorites matter more. So do imperial conquests. Permanent war is policy.
Direct and proxy ones are waged. Brutal assassins are used. They're recruited abroad. A UN report said 29 countries supply them. The worst of cutthroat killers are hired guns. They're enlisted to advance America's imperium.
They're waging war on Assad. It's mischaracterized as civil. There's nothing civil about Washington's war on Syria. The same dirty game repeats. Independent states are targeted for regime change. All options are used.
They include full-scale war, mass killing, and gruesome atrocities. Nations are transformed into charnel houses. It's done on the pretext of liberating them.