chapter  6
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Fettered Eagles: The Use and Misuse of US Airpower in Indochina

The intellectual poverty of the US theory of victory in Indochina was clearly demonstrated by the bombing campaign against North Vietnam. The bombing of the DRV could potentially have been an important component of an ultimately successful US military strategy, but the United States did not use airpower in an appropriate manner until 1972, eight years after the initial bombing of North Vietnam. The decision gradually to escalate the bombing and to use force frugally against the DRV, and the resulting inadequate air campaign against that country, was a key error of the United States.