In a gripping memoir that reads like a spy novel, one man recounts his personal experience with Operation Phoenix, the program created to destroy the Vietcong’s shadow government, which thrived in the rural communities of South Vietnam.
Stuart A. Herrington was an American intelligence advisor assigned to root out the enemy in the Hau Nghia province. His two-year mission to capture or kill Communist agents operating there was made all the more difficult by local officials who were reluctant to cooperate, villagers who were too scared to talk, and VC who would not go down without a fight. Herrington developed an unexpected but intense identification with the villagers in his jurisdiction–and learned the hard way that experiencing war was profoundly different from philosophizing about it in a seminar room.
Not what I expected, proves there were some caring people that risked their lived to try to save a country from self destruction, albeit too late! The truly disturbing facts are that the Communists lied to and murdered their own people and conned the American public and manipulated our own “news” media into thinking they were a revolutionary movement! These lies were bolstered by lowlife ‘reporters’ in Vietnam who had an agenda siding with the ‘poor oppressed communists!’ What a joke! The kids at UC Berkley even cheered while they were shown NVA films portraying US servicemen being killed, then spit on the heroes that came home! Now these IDIOTS are running CNN, MSNBC, and the socialist (communist) progressive party.