Lead: In the early morning hours of January 30, 1968, communist forces began attacking the major cities of South Vietnam. In the end they lost the Tet Offensive badly, but it really didn’t matter.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: By 1967 the second war in Vietnam was in gridlock. NVA defense minister Vo Nguyen Giap, encouraged by Ho Chi Minh, planned one masterstroke with all the forces the north could muster. He planned it for the Tet holiday in January, 1968 but Giap’s plan depended on absolute surprise. Getting 80,000 troops in place to attack was a logistics nightmare for the relatively primitive northern army and therefore, Giap planned a series of diversionary attacks to draw allied troops away from the cities. Loc Ninh, Dak To, and especially the isolated U.S. Marine outpost at Khe Sanh came under severe pressure. The U.S. took the bait and shifted its resources despite the fact that intelligence indicated an enormous enemy buildup.