R.J. Rummel is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Hawaii. Thanks again to VietPundit who provided the reference to Rummel’s 19 April, 2005 essay on the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.
Rummel’s “Democratic Peace” website is another excellent Vietnam-era research node.
A Democratic Peace excerpt, giving a concise summary of the true history:
In spite of the continued public support (as polls at the time showed) for our staying the course in Vietnam, and even though the war had been in effect won militarily, the alliance between the left, communists, Democrats, and major media forced an American military withdrawal from Vietnam, and a sharp decrease in aid to the South. Without sufficient American aid and support, the South collapsed under a conventional North Vietnam military offensive, and the North occupied and absorbed what had once been a sovereign country (no, it was not a civil war, but an invasionâ€”the North and South had never been one country). Millions were killed and murdered before the United States turned tail to run off, and after the Northâ€™s victory, the killing did not stop. Hundreds of thousands were murdered — executed outright, or dying in â€œre-education camps,â€ and in the â€œnew economic zones.â€ And never forget the over a million Vietnamese that risked an awful death on the ocean to escape the communists enslavement (the Boat People), of which perhaps 500,000 never made land again.
… The left seems not to care about such consequences. They opposed the war against the Afghan Taliban, and against Saddam Hussein. And even after both were defeated, in the face of terrorist attacks they wanted immediate withdrawal. I leave it to your imagination the resulting cost in blood of terrorist victories in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Rarely reported by the legacy media is that more than half of the 4+ millon death toll resulting from the American retreat were in Cambodia.