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captured the personal interest of many Americans, to include President
Johnson, Khe Sanh became a symbol. When U.S. forces withdrew from the
hills of Khe Sanh, the inevitable question arose: "Why did we defend
it in the first place?" At that point in time, in January 1968, there
was probably no choice unless the U.S. was prepared to air evacuate
its troops and abandon its supplies there. Whether the base should have
been closed immediately after Pegasus or whether a base should have
been established there at all are still subjects of debate as is the
motivation of the North Vietnamese in laying siege to the base.

 




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