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Gulf of Tonkin

Vietnam a Half Century after the Gulf of Tonkin

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

A look at Vietnam today makes plain just how mistaken and tragic the American venture into war there was. First, though, a brief summary of how the decisive turn into that disastrous mistake a half century ago occurred.

Ukraine and the Media Drumbeat

Martin Hellman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Media
Martin Hellman

The mistake of becoming involved in a war without first making sure our assumptions are correct is being repeated today with the civil war in Ukraine.

Remember the Chicken Hawks

James Moore | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
James Moore

Some of us were marching off to war and some of us were marching in the streets of Washington. The Vietnam War very quickly created rifts in a generation.


Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Amid the constant fracas of daily political life, it is often hard to see the big picture of power in America (and, for that matter, the world.) In re...

On Afghanistan, We Know a Distraction When We See It

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Why doesn't Richard Holbrooke apply some of his hunger for technical academic precision to the question of how we can actually end this war and bring our troops home?

"Bomb Power," or How the Atomic Bomb Ended a War, Increased Presidential Power and Eroded the Constitution

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

While the bomb ended World War II, it also started a chain reaction that exploded into America's permanent secret security state -- with emphasis on the word 'permanent.'

The Most Dangerous Man in America

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Frances Moore Lappe

Ellsberg's story shows us what's possible when a citizen summons the courage to engage fully in democracy -- to cast his whole vote -- and to act.

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution: a Somber History Lesson

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The 45th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution should serve as a sobering reminder of the costly war that America was dragged into based on lies and shadowy misinformation.

Robert McNamara: Even In Death, Vietnam War Still Haunts Legacy

McClatchy | David Lightman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Robert S. McNamara, the Kennedy-Johnson-era defense secretary, will be most remembered as a man instrumental in sending hundreds of thou...