My Old Enemy and the Former Friend of My Possible Future Enemy is Kind of My New Friend

China’s rise, and resulting territorial and maritime ambitions, have caused a number of other Asian nations to look to the United States for backup.  One of these countries is none other than Vietnam.  You all remember Vietnam, don’t you?

Yes, that Vietnam.  Robert D. Kaplan has a lengthy article in the current The Atlantic Monthly.  Apart from highlighting the strategic difficulties that China’s power has caused it – it is scaring other countries into the U.S. “camp”- it contains an illuminating explanation as to why the Vietnamese have gotten past the war, which FYI, they call the “American War.”

Nutshell:  They believe that they won it.

MGD

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