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Vietnam War

Looking Back Longingly

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

Almost exactly five years ago to the day, I concluded a column as follows: The character of a nation is reflected in the faces of these volun...

Southeast Asian Film Festival: November 20-22

Khanh Ho | Posted 11.18.2015 | San Francisco
Khanh Ho

In the past decade, we have seen a renaissance of artistic production by Southeast Asians that addresses our condition outside of the confines of mass-market big-ticket rat-a-tat-tat film.

Yellow Ribbons and Endless War

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our official policy is endless bombing, endless war. No matter how much suffering it causes and no matter how poorly it serves any rational objectives, our official response to geopolitical trouble of every sort is to bomb it into compliance with our alleged interests.

A Half Century of Lessons

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 11.11.2015 | HuffPost Home
Robert Whitcomb

Everyone is a different genome against which life throws stuff, painful and pleasant. With some of my best friends from school dead at early ages and now contemporaries dying at an accelerating rate, I'm pleased that I'm still here to contemplate the vivid colors of life in a high-school reunion book.

First It's Advisors, Then Support Troops, and finally Maneuver Battalions and Divisions -- Will the Vietnam Tragedy be Repeated?

Pete McCloskey | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Pete McCloskey

Are the "advisors" merely a tactical ploy on Obama's part to force Assad to withdraw, or is the sending of advisors to help the so-called "coalition of Arabs" fight ISIL the first step, soon to be followed, first by relatively small Special Forces units as "boots on the ground," and in the end divisions like the Airborne and Marines?

If Walmart Really Cares About Veterans, It Would Start Paying A Living Wage

Kenney Ford | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Kenney Ford

Talk of national support is a wonderful thing, and so is giving jobs to veterans, but this is about providing good jobs, not just any job. Through our hard work and sacrifices we, and countless other workers in retail, deserve better wages, better benefits and the opportunity to earn a better life.

The Journalist and the Spy -- A Veteran's Day Tribute

Barb Abramson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Barb Abramson

When we reached the end of the row of greeters, I found a spot to sit with him before his ride picked him up. "What did this trip mean to you?" I asked him. He grabbed my hand and whispered; his voice choked up. "This was the homecoming I never had!

A Salute to My Father

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

I'm honored to be the son of a veteran. Watching dad put on that uniform everyday for over 20 years, and his complete dedication to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, often at the expense of time with his family, brings a wistful tear to my eye.

Robert Redford Fights Dan Rather's Good Fight

Eric Mink | Posted 11.05.2015 | Media
Eric Mink

"He didn't try to do a caricature or an impression," Dan Rather told me. "He just tried to capture some of the essence of the person." Rather was sharing his thoughts about Robert Redford's performance in the role of Dan Rather in the movie Truth.

Helping to Heal the Divide That Was Vietnam

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Chris Komisarjevsky

Is it possible that we can finally heal the divide that was Vietnam? I don't pretend to know the answer because I was in the middle of it all. Yet, with another Veterans Day coming fast, it's definitely time to talk.

CT Lions Distribute 'Price' to Local School Systems

Michael Putzel | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Michael Putzel

Robert Howard II was four years old when an American commander in Vietnam wrote him a letter telling him his father had died bravely in battle. The boy's father had been a hometown sports hero, and the son grew up trying to emulate a man he never really knew.

5 O'Clock Somewhere: Societies Change, but the Beer Remains the Same

Roads & Kingdoms | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

I had my beer and my notebook with me. “Back in the day, they killed and confiscated the land from the landlords,” Quan said, referring t...

David Crosby: A Certified, Anti-war, Folk/Rock Icon

Bill_Robinson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Entertainment

David Crosby is ensconced with a very elite group of musicians who used their songs and harmonies to end a war, discrimination and government wrongdoing. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez are others in this small group of troubadours that made a difference in the 1960's and 70's.

Vietnam: Story Without an End

Jonah Raskin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Jonah Raskin

The bigger the story the longer it takes to reach the front pages of major newspapers and TV screens. That maxim is probably nowhere more evident in recent times than in the example of the War in Vietnam.

Obama Has Made a Long War Even Longer

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

President Obama missed the opportunity to cut America's losses early in his first administration, before taking ownership of the wars started by President Bush. Now that he is a lame duck, with no electoral challenges facing him, he should do the right thing for the country and his successor by pulling the plug on our failed military interventions

An International Conscience

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

And 14 years into the longest of these wars, the U.S. manages to take out a hospital and kill 22 people; it then assuages its guilt with an apology and pocket change. Nothing personal, guys. Mistakes were made.

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are?

John Feffer | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
John Feffer

In Ukraine as in Syria, Putin is winging it. With Ukraine, however, the expedition is across the border and the lay of the land somewhat more familiar. In Syria, despite surveillance drones and guided missile technology, Putin is literally flying blind.

Emotional Craigslist 'Missed Connection' Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Good News

"I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself." That’s the first line of an emotional Craigslist "Miss...

America, the Answer to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Lies in Your History With Vietnam

Rachel Unkovic | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Rachel Unkovic

The America that I grew up in is one that also raised refugee children. It wasn't always easy to embrace foreigners -- and traumatized ones at that -- and it took a monetary investment, but from a distance of 40 years, we can clearly see how that investment paid off multifold. It is not only the distress of refugees that must capture our hearts, but the potential of resettlement that should engage our minds.

Watching Russia March into Syrian Quicksand

Philip Seib | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Philip Seib

The Russians apparently learned little from their miserable years in Afghanistan and now are heading for a debilitating exercise in futility that might distract them from their efforts to undermine NATO and destabilize parts of Eastern Europe.

An Intimate Look at the Two Fascinating Visionaries Touted by Pope Francis -- Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

When Pope Francis, in his historic speech to Congress, spotlighted Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, I let out a shout -- and no wonder. Just minutes before, I had finished the pitch to a literary agent for my book project.

The Sanders Saga: Why Is 'A Half-Baked Version of Tom Hayden' Beating the Clintons?

William Bradley | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

I think socialism is becoming popular sooner than I expected. With technology inexorably solving scarcity as it eliminates good-paying jobs, a push for a more socialist approach has seemed to me to be inevitable. But it's happening faster than I thought

New CIA Information On JFK's Assassination

Keith Thomson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Keith Thomson

Former CIA Director George Tenet believed the President's Daily Briefs to be so sensitive that none could be released for publication "no matter how old or historically significant it may be." Yet, yesterday, the CIA declassified and released every PDB produced during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. So what's in the PDBs?

Afghan Army Now Ready ... to Lose to the Taliban

Charles Knight | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the Taliban out of Kabul and into the tribal territories of Pakistan.

Operation Rolling Thunder: Behind the Fog of War

ADST | Posted 09.04.2015 | World

The call by South Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Khánh on July 19, 1964 to expand the Vietnam conflict led to an operation of gradual and sustained U.S. aerial bombardment of North Vietnam known as Operation Rolling Thunder.