"No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now. Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much. Never have the consequences of their misunderstanding been so tragic."
French and Viet Minh officers discuss the withdrawal of French colonial troops after the the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, 1954. After the battle and before the French left the country, the French soldiers were allowed to continue carrying their weapons.