An excerpt from Judith Nies’ The Girl I Left Behind:
As the 1960s turned to the 1970s, the war in Vietnam got louder and nastier. America sent more than a million soldiers to Vietnam. Fifty-seven thousand died; another estimated fifty thousand committed suicide afterward from drugs, alcohol, automobile accidents. The U.S. military dropped as many bombs on Vietnam as in all of World War II; killed one million Vietnamese soldiers and another three million civilians; used napalm on civilian villages and chemical defoliants on plants; and introduced the word ecocide.
But still no one in government could explain with any lucidity why we were in Vietnam. In 1969, Richard Nixon was inaugurated as president, elected on a promise to bring troops home, and within a year he had expanded the war into Laos and Cambodia.”
(p. 19) emphasis added