I personally think that the Vietnam war was embarassing for the United States of America just like the war in Afghanistan by the Reds was a failure also. They're both failures because the indegenious population (therefore the North Vietnamese and the Mujahideen) were able to fend off a much more advanced force and, sorry to say it, a cocky one at best. Both the Americans and Russians had not felt defeats for some time and therefore thought that victories in both wars would be quick and decisive. Both obviously didn't do enough research and ended up being stuck in a pointless and bloody war that cost the lives of thousands of Americans and Russians for what gains? The Americans went into Vietnam to fight off the commies but instead they instagated them and caused them to rally even more support than before which allowed them to take power by the end of the war/the retreat of the Americans. Vietnam was supposed to be a democratic and "free" country after the war, but all it became was more communist, the complete opposite of what the Americans aspired to gain. Therefore, the Vietnam war was a failure by the American government (Not the troops or the people) and should be remembered as such forever.