Debt of Honor is a techno-thriller novel, written by Tom Clancy and released on August 17, The book debuted at number one on The New York Times bestseller list. Japanese industrialist Raizo Yamata has been plotting to bring back his country to a position of greatness for years, partly as revenge for the death of his family at the hands of American forces invading the island of Saipan during World War II. His opportunity comes when a car accident in eastern Tennessee , caused by faulty gas tanks made in Japan, results in the deaths of six American people.
The incident leads to the swift passage of a law allowing the U. Along with covert support from China and India , they plot to curtail the U. After the Japanese Prime Minister Mogataru Koga resigns in disgrace due to the economic situation, the zaibatsu installs Hiroshi Goto, an aggressive nationalist and critic of the U. Japan launches the first phase of its assault, sending Self-Defense Force units to occupy the Mariana Islands , specifically Saipan and Guam , without casualties.
However, during a joint military exercise, Japanese ships "accidentally" launch torpedoes at the U. Pacific Fleet , destroying two submarines and crippling two aircraft carriers. An immediate retaliation is forestalled by the second phase of the Japanese offensive: an economic attack , where Japan engineers the collapse of the U. They also assassinate the chairman of the Federal Reserve. The Japanese government then immediately sue for peace , offering international talks and seemingly free elections in the Marianas to delay a U.
Meanwhile, Jack Ryan is pulled out of retirement from government service by U. Despite his typical focus on military issues, he advises the president to deal with the economic crisis first, realizing that Japan's deletion of trade records could be an advantage in responding to the economic threat. He engineers a "do-over", where all of the transactions that were deleted on the day of the mass deletion are ignored and all trade information is restored to its condition at noon of that day. The U. The United States military then proceeds to launch a counterattack on their Japanese counterparts using whatever resources they have.
They later use an attack by stealthy F fighters to further damage Japan's air defenses. An Army special operations team is airdropped into Japan to support covertly inserted Comanche helicopters. One helicopter is used to attack another AWACS plane with air-to-air missiles while several others use Hellfire missiles to kill members of Yamata's cabal.
Meanwhile, Admiral Robby Jackson liberates the Marianas with few casualties by using a combination of cruise missiles and carrier air attacks to severely damage the Japanese aircraft stationed on the islands, which forces the Japanese commander to surrender his troops. Outmaneuvered and cornered by the United States's military and economic response, Goto resigns, ceding power to his predecessor Koga, who was rescued earlier by Clark and Chavez from Yamata.
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Our defeat was so great a tragedy because after the peace agreement of January it was so easily avoidable. Consolidating our gains would not have taken much to accomplish—a credible threat to enforce the peace agreement through retaliatory strikes against North Vietnam and a sufficient flow of aid to Cambodia and South Vietnam.
But Congress legislated an end to our involvement. It also legislated the defeat of our frinds in the same stroke. Ho had staked everything on the roll of the dice and lost.
American and South Vietnamese forces mauled his best military units. Thousands of his most dedicated and experienced troops and combat leaders were killed or seriously wounded.
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It galvanized the South Vietnamese through the shock of the urban fighting and the horror of widespread Communist atrocities. Far from producing the uprisings Ho expected, it created a strong counterreaction that led to the full mobilization of the South Vietnamese people against the Communist aggressors. MYTH : U. In May, and June, when American and South Vietnamese forces cleared out the Communist sanctuaries, Cambodia was already swept up in the war. If we had not acted, we would have guaranteed the victory of the Communist forces both in Cambodia and South Vietnam.
Thus, the charge that our incursion drove the North Vietnamese out of the border areas and toward Phnom Penh is false on its face. The Vietnamese Communists moved deeper into Cambodia two weeks after the fall of Sihanouk and month before our incursion occurred. No doubt these apologists are now at least subconsciously motivated by feelings of guilt. Simple ethics holds those who took an action responsible for its consequences. To assign blame for the genocide in Cambodia to those in the United States who sought to prevent a Communist victory, rather than to the Communists who committed the atrocities, is an immoral act in and of itself.
Over 35,00 civilians were killed in the triple raid on Dresden, over 42, died in six nights of bombing in Hamburg, and over 83, Japanese were killed in just two days when we fire-bombed Tokyo in If we had targeted civilian areas during the December bombing, North Vietnamese losses would have been a hundred times higher than they were. Acting out of naivete or malice, there critics would go to Hanoi, meet a handful of American POWs, and make rosy statements about their condition. What the American people were not told was that the prisoners who were presented to these activists often had been tortured minutes before to guarantee that they said nothing out of line.
These antiwar activists knew or should have known what was going on. They conceded to the doves that we should not have gone into Vietnam in the first place, but contended that now that we were there, we had no choice but to see it through. I believed that this was the most immoral option of all. If out cause was unjust or if the war was unwinnable, we should have cut our losses and gotten out of Vietnam immediately. As President, I could not ask any young American to risk his life for an unjust or unwinnable cause. I had to deal with other great foreign policy issues during my presidency, but a day never passed when the war in Vietnam was not prominent among my concerns.
I hated the Vietnam war. But even more, I hated all wars. I knew that I must not end the Vietnam War in a way that would lead to more and larger wars in the future. South Vietnam was secure within the cease-fire lines. Vietnamization had succeeded. Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas had conquered Cambodia thirteen days before.
Hanoi-backed Pathet Lao forces took over Laos a few days later. All the dominoes in Indochina had fallen. No Soviet soldiers fought in Vietnam, but it was a victory for Moscow nonetheless because its ally and client, North Vietnam, won and South vietnam and the United States lost. After we failed to prevent Communist conquest in Vietnam, it became accepted dogma that we would fail everywhere.
Each of the million people who were lost to the West during our five-year geopolitical sabbatical is a living symbol of the sterility of arguments about peaceful diplomacy. Any nation that decides the way to achieve peace is to use only peaceful means is a nation that will soon be a piece of another nation.
Its enemies will quickly take advantage of its good intentions. He came from an important family in the imperial capital of Hue and was renowned for his vehement opposition to French colonialism. A devout Catholic, he studies for two years at a Maryknoll academy in the United States. In he agreed to serve as Minister of the Interior of Annam in central Vietnam on the condition that the French undertake certain reforms, including the creation of a national assembly to govern the country. After three months of French inaction, he resigned in anger.
But his prominence led to a long succession of offers. The French, who both respected and feared Diem, alternately courted him with offers of public office and threatened him with arrest. Ho exiled DIem to a village near the Chinese border, where he nearly died of malaria. After six months, the Viet Minh leader summoned his future rival to offer him the Ministry of Interior in the new Communist government.
Diem rejected it in a stormy exchange and was released. Antiwar critics charged that under Thieu South Vietnam was governed by a hopelessly corrupt regime. It is true that there was some corruption—but there was also substantial freedom…. Now there are no political, religious, economic or press freedoms.