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In "The Tet Offensive: Lessons True and False," Arthur Cyr takes a swipe at the news reporting during the Vietnam War. No amount of positive spin could have compensated for a failed strategy.

A couple of weeks before Tet, President Lyndon Johnson told the public that we were winning, that the enemy was exhausted. Then the Tet Offensive proved otherwise. Having covered World War II on the ground, Walter Cronkite knew a failed approach when he saw it. The enemy was willing to absorb losses of 10 to 1 and greater. When we took ground, we did not keep it. The South Vietnamese government was unstable, unreliable. So were its troops, depending on the unit. Some fought ferociously, some ran.

The American public needed to know these things. Including the media in what went wrong in Vietnam diminishes the blame President Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara should shoulder entirely.

Georges Borodine, St. John

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Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.