Now hey, am oldish. Retired. Not really something that I want to get overly
Let's go back a bit.
Once upon a long time ago, was one year too old for the Australian "Vietnam War" lottery callup. Should i 'volunteer" . Had access to University libraries at the time; looked up the history. NO way. It began as a local difficulty between north and south - the French were already in difficulty as "colonisers".
Somewhere in there the "Americans" became terrified of "communists".
It wasn't necessarily so. And yes, there will be some who argue against me. 'Oh, retrospect'; perhaps, but can give a very long list of "erronious" (and failed) American troop deployments.
Ah, where was i .. oh, Bradley Manning.
Hang about .. am collecting a long list of "witches burnt at the stake".