chapter  5
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Strengths and Weaknesses

In its long campaign against America’s military involvement in Vietnam, the antiwar movement displayed a number of impressive strengths-in particular the diversity of its support, the creativity of its approach, and the dedication of its activists. These help to explain how the movement was able to sustain its protests against the war, and keep up the pressure on the government to change course, over many years. At the same time, though, the antiwar movement suffered from some serious weaknesses, the most important of which were factional infighting, a perceived “antiAmerican” flavor, and an at times frosty relationship with mainstream politics. These flaws served to divert valuable energy and resources, restrict the movement’s appeal, and limit its overall effectiveness.