I'm glad you brought up post-WWII, as I think that in retrospect, this again represented an error in judgement on the part of the Western alliance in general, and the US specifically. I think I can say without raising too much debate that the US was generally against colonialism at this point and in the business of convincing it's allies to be of like mind. However, France was so decimated by the war, part of the aid process was to conciously prop France up in Indochina. I'm not sure how much that was done for morale or if it was thought to aid them economically in the long run, but it nonetheless was done. Hence preventing the independence Ho Chi Minh and his followers sought. As the French began to sag, the US was left holding the bag. I realize my last statement is a vast over-simplification of a long drawn out military, political, ideological quagmire, but I believe it captures the essence on this conundrum that was Vietnam. Funny you use the word prostitution. You might appreciate the following, Fonda: ‘Hanoi Jane’ visit was a mistake But doesn't regret entire trip; also says she procured call girls Fonda: â€˜Hanoi Janeâ€™ visit was a mistake - CELEBRITY NEWS- msnbc.com. I didn't know what to make of her 11th hour apology when she came out with her book and I still don't know what to think about her sincerity.