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Vietnam War

A Lifetime Away From Saigon

Thuy Thanh Jakim | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Thuy Thanh Jakim

“Don't forget, be good. Love your new family. You always have your mother here in Vietnam. You have not been orphaned.” I watched as this woman wh...

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Freeze on U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Marks Latest Chapter in Debate Over 'Cut and Run'

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

When President Barack Obama announced recently that he would freeze a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, he explained that Afghanistan remained a dangerous place.

Stamps of Honor

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I have always admired and been impressed by the number, variety and appropriateness of postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in honor and in support of our military and veterans and I am somewhat regretful that this area of philately did not become my niche.

Uncle Pentagon

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.

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

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.08.2015 | 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.

Patriotic Betrayal in the 1960s -- When the CIA Turned Students Into Spies

Josh Getlin | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Josh Getlin

Patriotic Betrayal argues eloquently that, no matter how worthy its objectives, a democratic government that crosses the line and subverts the principles it's sworn to uphold forfeits any claim to higher ground.

Vietnam, Revisited

John Graham | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
John Graham

Fifty years ago America's leaders told us that if we lost Saigon it would be just the first domino to tip over as the juggernaut of International Communism smashed through the defenses of Capitalism. Now I am back, for the first time.

Bill O'Reilly and the Conservative Crisis of Macho

Steven Conn | Posted 02.28.2015 | Media
Steven Conn

Are Bill O'Reilly's trousers really ablaze at the moment? Is he really just lying about his "combat" experience down there in the no-man's-land of Bue...

American Sniper Leaves Oscar Weekend Behind Without Top Prizes But With Larger Laurels

William Bradley | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

American Sniper may not have come out of Oscar weekend with any of the top prizes, but it did come away with a new cumulative box office of more than $320 million. That's by far the highest of any war film in history, not to mention more than all the other Oscar Best Picture nominees combined.

O'Reilly, Williams and Real War Correspondents

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.25.2015 | Media
Jon Soltz

So many war correspondents are similar to the many men and women in uniform, who work hard, do their jobs, and even perform acts of heroism, that you'll never hear about, and who never go around bragging, seeking recognition. Then, we have Bill O'Reilly.

Two Poems Commemorating Vietnam's End

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 04.22.2015 | Arts
J. Randall O'Brien

She cried as he left clinging to his Saint Christopher chaining around her neck eyes kissing his as he pressed his face against the bus window for one last embrace.

Breaking Bad Habits: How Vietnam War Veterans Broke Their Heroin Addictions

James Clear | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

It's no wonder 90 percent of typical heroin users became re-addicted once they return home -- they are surrounded by all of the things that caused them to get addicted in the first place.

Wages of War: Vietnam and Iraq

John Tirman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

We don't talk much about the scale of human suffering in Southeast Asia that came from U.S. intervention. American involvement in the Middle East could usefully be informed by the Asian experience, however: namely, that war has long-lasting consequences for the local populations, to say nothing of broader impacts.

The 'Greatest Generation' Didn't Think They Were

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

American war movies, from World War II to 2015, have produced a remarkably uniform vision of how American war works, one that, in its modern form, is undoubtedly once again lending a helping hand to our latest conflicts.

Remembering Vietnam: Dear Ashleigh

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
J. Randall O'Brien

Thank you for asking me about Vietnam for your college paper. Interestingly, I was your age during my tour of duty.

Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning

Joshua Kors | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Movies, said film critic Roger Ebert, are like an "empathy machine." Their mission: to help us understand a bit more about others' hopes, their fears, their dreams. Movies allow us to walk in others' shoes. They help us "identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."

War in the Mailbox

Dennis Welch | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Dennis Welch

Every month from a distant sky it came -- a reel to reel tape wrapped in plain brown paper and bearing the name of PFC Michael J. Simmons, Vietnam. He was my brother, and it was at once unsettling and comforting to hear his voice. My mother usually cried a little when he would begin to speak.

Uncle Ho Doing Shoulder Presses, George H.W. Bush Doing Sumo Squats -- How the Vietnam War Came Home

Nick Turse | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Until the United States comes to grips with the grim reality of the Vietnam War, it's hard to imagine Washington moving much beyond its usual diet of foreign policy failures and military fiascos.

Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

Christian Appy | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

Don't think that young students are the only products of a whitewashed history of the Vietnam War. Many older Americans have also been affected by decades of distortion and revision designed to sanitize an impossibly soiled record.

60 Years in Journalism: 40 Years Since the Fall of Saigon

Irv Chapman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

I spent three months in the ABC Saigon Bureau in 1971, coming not from the States but from Moscow. An election was in progress. Vietnam had some 30 newspapers, all but one complaining that the voting was rigged, quite a contrast with the press in Soviet Russia.

American Sniper Touches an American Nerve

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 04.04.2015 | Entertainment
Joan E. Dowlin

Politics aside, what moved me were the human elements of the story. I found myself becoming sympathetic with a sniper who found himself placed in many moral dilemmas.

Maybe American Sniper Really is Anti-war

Eugene Linden | Posted 03.29.2015 | Entertainment
Eugene Linden

For this interpretation of American Sniper to be believed, we have to assume that Hollywood embraces subtlety and that viewers have done some critical thinking about events of the past 15 years. Perhaps a stretch on both counts, but wouldn't it be nice if it were so?

Lynne Peeples

Veterans Who Flew Agent Orange-Poisoned Planes After Vietnam Now 'A Giant Step Closer To Justice'

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2015 | Green

Lingering amounts of the herbicide Agent Orange aboard repurposed airplanes after the Vietnam War could have sickened military veterans, according to ...

2015 Welcomes Generation X!

David Kanegis | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As the last of the baby boomers turn 50, the first of your cohort now share that privilege. The only bad news -- the oldest of you will soon lose the coveted distinction of being advertiser's target market!