The Orthodox Nationalist: The Vietnam War

Dr Matthew Raphael Johnson presents a revisionist history of the Vietnam war, showing that it was the US own aid to Vietnam, that was funding the insurgency.

Like everything, the level of disinformation on the War in Vietnam has reached crisis proportions. As the US military are venerated like gods in the US so long as the war is against nationalists, when the war is with communists, suddenly they’re “baby killers.” Yet, name calling isn’t the end. The US lost the war due to deliberate incompetence, ideological myopia and an institutionalized lack of will.

In all wars against the Reds, the good guys were disorganized while the communists were tightly bound together into one totalitarian unit. The war against the French helped create this, and the errors of the French in Indochina were ignored by the US military. The level of arrogance in the US officer corps was staggering.

What the South lacked in unified leadership was shown it’s mirror image in the North. US aid was never meant to create a self sufficient ally, but a dependent satrapy. Therefore, Nixon’s Vietnamization program was almost comically absurd, since there was no foundation for it. Once US aid was pulled in 1972 to 1973, the southern army, the ARVN, was chronically short of fuel and ammunition.

The real tragedy was that the South could have been turned into another South Korea. The US alienated all its allies in its overbearing and insufferable arrogance, leading to the mass pull out of the Korean forces and Thai regulars by 1970, long before the American pull out.

Millions of Vietnamese died after 1973 because of “American exceptionalism.” There is a real, human cost to stupidity.


Matthew Raphael Johnson

Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999. He is a former professor of both history and political science at the University of Nebraska (as a graduate student), Penn State University and Mount St. Mary’s University. Since 1999, he was the editor (and is presently Senior Researcher) at The Barnes Review, a well-known renegade journal of European history. Dr. Johnson is the author of eight books. Six are from Hromada Books, "Sobornosti: Essays on the Old Faith;" "Heavenly Serbia and the Medieval Idea;" "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality: Lectures on Medieval Russia;" "The Ancient Orthodox Tradition in Russian Literature: "The Foreign Policy of Mass Society: The Failure of Western Engagement in the Middle East;" and "Officially Approved Dissent: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Strategic Ambiguity in His Critique of Modernity." And two published by The Barnes Review, "The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy;" and "Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin."