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What was the effect of the Tet Offensive on American public opinion of the Vietnam War? What was the effect of the Tet Offensive on American public opinion of the Vietnam War?

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Public opinion was against the Vietnam war from almost the beginning. After the Tet Offensive, it seemed like we were not only fighting the wrong war, but we were also going to lose. This is one of the reasons we eventually pulled out of the Vietnam War.

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I would say it's biggest effect was in the media. The Vietnam War was the first to be broadcast into our living rooms nightly. The visions of causalities had a drastic impact on Americans view and opinions of the war.

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I think the Tet offensive is important because it punctured so much of the optimism and so many of the hopes of Americans back home who had been told that things were going well and that the lives that had been lost were not in vain. Clearly the Tet offensive helped people back home to see the...

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The Tet Offensive changed the perception that the US could win with some type of honor and leave Vietnam in a proud condition. That changed as soon as the reports of the offensive were reaching people's dining rooms through the TV.

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