Eliminating the draft had nothing to do with the generals trying to win the war in southeast Asia. Changing to an all volunteer force was part/parcel to re-achieving the big lie, gaining military creedence and fostering whatever viewpoint held by aspiring generals across the Potomac. They knew that their credibility had been shot once college fraternities, sororities and Cronkite had gone over to the other side, that popular opinion had turned against them.
They could never have gotten "pesky demonstrators" off the streets if William Westmoreland had gotten the increased force he'd requested in the wake of TET. The number of demonstrators would only have increased, have expanded exponentially. Dick Nixon had a more accurate view of reality, told us of his secret plan and downsized and extended our involvement as a face saving sop to the conservative electorate. By that point in time, the Phoenix Program was largely history.
Equating the effectiveness and ACCOUNTABILITY of military personnel and contractors/contracting firms is ludicrous in view of the record of Pentagon outsourcing, particularly during the Bush/Cheney era. The record of so much national wealth having gone down the drain hardly needs illumination here.
Media access to the war front in Vietnam was largely not restricted, not manipulated or controlled as we've since observed with Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, et al.
If the author has evidence that our "heroes" have beheaded Afghanis in darkness (or in light) he should tell us, not propagandize what he imagines. As well, he needs to relate evidence that our troops have executed "suspects," who the executioners were and who gave directions.
And as to the use of the term "U S death squads": needless to say, war is about humans killing humans. Be it beligerent or for peace, distortion is nothing more than distortion.