Myth: "Anti-war" protests shortened the war and saved lives

Fact: "Anti-war" protests were really pro-Hanoi protests. They had little effect on swaying public opinion, but they prolonged the war.

  • "Anti-war" protests were carefully organized communist-led affairs.
  • Hanoi worked closely with "anti-war" protestors to ensure that the protests had maximum impact.
  • Public polls didn't turn against the war until after the politicians did.

Confirming Evidence

Mythed Opportunities: The Truth About Vietnam Anti-War Protests

The Rise and Fall of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement in the U.S.

The Anti-War Movement in the United States

Communist Tactics and the Anti-War Movement

The New Communist Movement: The Early Groups, 1969-1974

Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry, Recovered Vietnam documents

THE REAL JOHN F. KERRY AND HIS ANTI-AMERICAN PAST

Public Opinion and the Vietnam War