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     The competence of the CIA has again been questioned in connection with Iraq and Kosovo. Stuart Rawlings recalls Vietnam:
     In reference to the CIA, I'd like to mention an incident from personal experience. On the night of February 2, l968, I was in Nha Trang, South Viet Nam when I noticed that many American and South Vietnamese Government troops were getting drunk, exploding firecrackers on the streets, and gleefully shooting their machine guns and anti-aircraft guns into the air in celebration of Tet. I commented to a friend that this would be an optimal time for the Viet Cong and North Vietamese to attack. Indeed, a few hours later, they did attack 32 cities in South Vietnam simultaneously, and thereby turned the tide of the war. I will never know how the CIA could have been so blind and stupid as to allow this to happen.
     My comment: I am not sure the CIA can be blamed. They may have warned U.S. military officials, but it is not the job of the CIA actually to control troops.

Ronald Hilton - 05/13/99