McCain: General Giap victories came at 'immense' cost
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) Senator and former prisoner of war John McCain said on Monday that Vietnam's willingness to suffer "immense casualties" was the linchpin in legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap's defeat of American forces.
Hours after the news of Gen Giap's death Friday at age 102, Mr McCain in a brief tweet praised the legendary general as a "brilliant military strategist" who once called the US an honorable enemy.
But in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Mr McCain called into question the morality of the Vietnamese tactic, which he said Gen Giap executed with an "unbending will".
"It's hard to defend the morality of the strategy. But you can't deny its success," wrote Mr McCain.