My point about airpower in Vietnam being a failure is that despite the US Carpet Bombing Laos and Cambodia back to the stone Age the halting of the NVA didnt happen. I mean the US air force dropped more bombs on Laos alone than they dropped on Germany and Japan COMBINED in WWII!!!! It works out that an equivalent of a B-52 load of bombs every 8 MINUTES!!!. This was the US Military's attempt to stop the NVA from infiltrating the South. It has been estimated that 80% of the Casualties were Civilians. And Congress knew nothing about it at the time. My point is that air power, whilst a potent tool is not a be all and end all in terms of military solutions. Your point about "No soldier, no matter how brave or well trained, could possibly hold his molecules together when 1000 pound bombs were dropped on his position" I would contend is inaccurate given that the VC werent stopped moving along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. How many more bombs does it take to prove your assertion?????? Course they could have gone Nuclear, then I would probably agree with you By the way, Saying that Russia caused the Vietnam conflict is laughable at best. The Chinese gave Vietnam more help than Russia and dont even try to say that Russia and China are virtually the same because they had communist regimes. Mao and Stalin were completely different characters and both nations shared no love for the other. I detect that you have no respect or love for Russia. You seem to think that Communism is on a par with Nazism. Every post you make about the Russians refers to the 1941 Army in which we have countless human waves running willy-nilly at the enemy and this is true to a point. However two things you should ponder: Russia had got its act together by the end of the war and would have been a formidable adversary had the US decided to take Patton's advice (Not his brightest moment BTW). Secondly I'd love to how the US would have fared if it had to face a war for its existence the way Russia did in 1941. Somehow I doubt they would have had the stomach for it to go through a Stalingrad or a Leningrad.