Vietnamese general: aggression not legitimate

By ROBERT BURNS | October 6, 2011 | 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Vietnamese general has suggested to an American military audience that the U.S. should have learned from its failures in Vietnam half a century ago that military aggression is folly.

Lt. Gen. Vo Tien Trung was asked after a speech at the National War College to say what he viewed as the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. forces he fought against.

He said he preferred not to comment directly, but instead looked to the future.

He added, however, that his message to Americans was that no matter how powerful your army, it is not legitimate to attack other countries.

The National Defense University said his speech on Vietnamese defense policy was the first on U.S. soil by a Vietnamese officer since the war, which ended in 1975.