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But When Did It Start?

Michael Putzel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Within months, tens of thousands of U.S. forces were committed to battle on the ground and in the air. But by the time the Army joined the fight in substantial numbers, I was off active duty, in the Reserves and most of the way through my six-year military obligation.

Vietnam, Then and Now

Ann Medlock | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ann Medlock

Looking into the young faces of Vietnam 2015, hearing their questions about the time when I lived in their country, before they were born, before their parents were born, I kept seeing faces from long ago, all but one of them dead now.

The 50th Anniversary of U.S. Marines Landing in Vietnam

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

These days, it has become far more difficult to teach the history of America's war in Vietnam because one of the chief lessons of that war we thought we had learned ("No More Vietnams") has been soundly disproven in recent years.

Vietnam: From Hell to Heaven on Earth

Sally Beck | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel
Sally Beck

There are 16 islets in total, the main one being called Con Son -- a truly ravishing place with sandy bays made up of miles of soft white beaches fringed with dense hedges of sea lettuce and wild pineapple trees. It's honestly the kind of island hammocks were invented for.

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.

The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

Hillary Clinton: Playing a Dog-Eared 'Hitler' Card

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War, facile and wildly inaccurate comparisons between foreign adversaries and Adolf Hitler have served the interests of politicians hell-bent on propelling the United States into war. Often, those politicians succeeded. The carnage and the endless suffering have been vast.

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Camouflaging the Vietnam War: How Textbooks Continue to Keep the Pentagon Papers a Secret

Bill Bigelow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

Corporate textbook writers seem to work from the same list of must-include events and individuals. Thus, all the new U.S. history textbooks on my shelf mention the Pentagon Papers. But none grapples with the actual import of the Pentagon Papers.

Hanoi Turns 1,000 With Vietnam's Biggest-Ever Parade (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Draped in red Communist banners and propaganda slogans, Vietnam's capital turned 1,000 years old Sunday in an extravagant ceremo...

Memorial for Social Activist Betty Millard (1911-2010)

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Betty Millard of Chicago, a long-time social activist had danced with Zhou Enlai after the Chinese Revolution and then was called to testify as a host...

Pete Seeger, "Folk Music" and the Left

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jesse Larner

As someone on the left who loves folk music, I understand that I'm supposed to feel mystically uplifted by the dean of activist folkies. But I never could stand Pete.