'A free South Vietnam would not exist today without the US intervention in 60s/70s. Similarly there'd be no free South Korea today without US-led UN action in the 1950s.'
That's what you get for the best education money can buy, it seems...
Lest we forget, Britain's covert military & diplomatic role in support of the US aggression in Vietnam:
Isn't there a sense in which what he says is true, though? I mean if you think of what people like this really have in mind with the word 'free' - full incorporation into the totalitarian control of the global market system. In that sense, while the US assault on Vietnam may have been a military failure, in the long haul the damage done to the country and the lessening of support from the Soviet Union & China meant privatisation and neoliberalisation of the economy were more or less inevitable (though it appears the government was smart about it and only gave way where there was really no other choice) ie: an economic victory for the transnational corporate interests the US cares about first & foremost.
He's still a massive bell-end though!