Pentagon Papers: Only the Viet Cong had any real support


Came across the following in the Pentagon Papers:

The Buddhists, while a cohesive and effective minority protest movement, lacked a program or the means to achieve power. The labor unions were entirely urban-based and appealed to only a small segment of the population. The clandestine political parties were small, urban, and usually elitist. The religious sects had a narrow appeal and were based on ethnic minorities. Only the Viet Cong had any real support and influence on a broad base in the countryside.

If our country claims to be for democracy in other countries, why is it that we pick as our enemy the only group that had “any real support and influence on a broad base in the countryside”? In the case of Vietnam at the time, the majority of the people were in the countryside, and not in the cities.

One would think that the excerpt above might be immune from being called propaganda since it seems to be against the very side who is stating this as a fact. To quote a newly coined phrase, “And yet we persisted.”

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