These short documentaries are a true window into the past, the way it was, not as rewritten by later revisionist or politically corrected, despite the regulations and censorship that at the time of this film was enforced. I don't know the limitations imposed on the news reporters at that time but it seems to me that much of what the grunts were trying to convey did make it past the censors. The futility and the frustration of even the Company and Platoon officers reflects what the lower ranks believed. After all, we did live and die together and stupid is as stupid does, no since denying bad decisions by those who order others to their needless deaths, all the while wanting a body count of the enemy to justify their poor strategy and tactical blunders.
I was not at Con Tien, but during my tour of duty in 68-69 I was one of those grunts that when asked, tried to say, within the boundaries of my rank and position, exactly what I thought of the war we were expected to fight. There were only two times I remember that I was close to journalists, once American and once Australian, and neither time was I interviewed personally, only as a group. On my level, much of the big picture was unknown and my world was completely foreign to those who dictated tactics or strategy. Like the grunts in this film, I never agreed with the taking or holding of a piece of real estate, only to abandon it later. Marines don't like defensive warfare and Marines don't like being used as bait in a political game with the enemy, something our Presidents seemed to practice with relish. Is it not ironic that the interview that Westmoreland gave in this film turned out to be exactly how and why the war ended in Vietnam for America. How many brave men died between this interview and our official exit with no combat troops in-country ?