Ah, it was LBJ and and SecDef McNamara that were cherry picking the targets. You have no idea of what you talk about.<quoted text>
LBJ didn't lose Vietnam. You can thank General Westmoreland with his outdated WWII tactics of search and destroy in a country where the enemy can dictate when and where to fight. His tactic of attrition was unsuited in a warfare that numbers didn't mean anything to the enemy where he was able to sustain losses 100 to 1 American.
Furthermore, by underreporting the actual strenght of the enemy forces to his superiors including the President as far back as 1965
so as to increase the size of the United States forces in Vietnman from 200,00 in 1965 to 540,000 in 1968.
In his own words, it was General Westmoreland's strategy "not to defeat the North Vietnamese army."
Tell us, when did we mine Haiphong Harbor? Was it 1962 or was it ... 1972?
See also: Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Linebacker , and Operation Linebacker II
Late in the Vietnam War, Haiphong was subjected to heavy bombing by US Navy and Air Force strike aircraft because it was North Vietnam's only major port. U.S. Admiral Thomas H. Moorer ordered the mining of Haiphong harbor on 8 May 1972, effectively sealing the port. Until it was lifted, the mining caused no casualty. Despite being targeted, the physical structure of the city was mostly unaffected by the war as the US had a self-imposed prohibition zone for the city. After the war, the city recovered its role as a significant industrial center
Oh, please note they do not mention Nixon but do you really thing Adm. Moore made the decision all on his own? Or did the author of this article not want to give Nixon credit?!?