And now, we still have people defending a war that... well, it's unnecessary. You can't do much worse than that.
I wasn't in Vietnam. I was born the year of the Gulf of Tonkin "incident," a minor or fabricated* interaction between seagoing vessels, the "beginning" of the Vietnam war,
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was an opportunity for the American government to escalate military action. They called it police action then, and would for several years. Indeed, they never officially called it a war, did they? But a lot of people killed each other,* so I'd say it was a war.
That's the tricky thing about langauge, and the language of war is the worst. For example, the Iraq war of 2003 is over now, isn't it? People are still dying. The American occupation is over, isn't it?