In September 2017, PBS will air the highly anticipated – seemingly touted as the definitive documentary – about the Vietnam War, directed by respected documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The goal of this 10-episode, 18-hour project is, according to the directors, to “create a film everyone could embrace” and to provide the viewer with information and insights that are “new and revelatory.” Just as importantly, they intend the film to provide the impetus and parameters for a much needed national conversation about this controversial and divisive period in American history.
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
When I served in Vietnam, there was no pretense that we were defending anything. Even in the elite combat unit I was in, the war itself was universally opposed as comic and absurd. We were clearly fighting people who were defending their country from foreign invaders, the real enemy, “us.”
Chu Lai, Vietnam was nothing like “China Beach,” a dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War.
The VA has the increased challenge of meeting the needs of the veterans returning from OIF and OEF.
Curtis Thompson was on his own when he came home from the Vietnam War. The Army handed him a plane ticket, wished him well and sent him to Seattle.
Individual soldiers deserted in huge numbers, whole units refused to fight, there was rebellion in some Barracks, and numerous incidents of fragging, some preceded by warning for officers and non-coms to back off, other not.
“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America”.
Long after the atrocities of war have ceased, a horrific legacy still remains.
“No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
by Prof. Moti Nissani — “The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses…This little coterie…runs our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a […]
The Defense Department marks the start of prime motorcycle riding weather by designating each May as Motorcycle Safety Month.
The 113th Congress is now seated. The 112th Congress failed to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War by restoring the Agent Orange Equity Act, which did not make it out of committee.