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Vietnam War

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 02.23.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.18.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.08.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 01.27.2015 | 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!

Matt Sledge

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Honolulu, 1971. A diverse group of men and women walk into an office of the Honeywell Corporation to protest the company's manufacture of deadly clust...

Mad About the '60s ... Wild Dr. Strangelove at 50 Reassures That Irrationality Is in the Past (Or Does It?)

William Bradley | Posted 12.15.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

One of the wildest black comedies ever made, 1964's Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb still stands today for its daring send-up of military and governmental leaders who take American us into nuclear war.

Bao Nguyen, Rabble Rouser Transforming Politics in Little Saigon, OC

Andrew Lam | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Andrew Lam

This week, Bao Nguyen takes office as mayor of Garden Grove. He is the city's first Vietnamese-American mayor and its youngest ever to hold that office, having beat out his opponent and six-time incumbent Bruce Broadwater by just 15 votes.

Vietnam Welcomes America with Open Arms

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Llewellyn King

No grunt slogging through the jungles of Vietnam could imagine that in 2014, 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese would be welcoming back Americans as investors, tourists, advisers and protectors.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 4

Dave Kreissman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Recently, several St. Louis Rams players protested the Ferguson non-indictment, pantomiming "hands up, don't shoot" as they came on the field. But in the '60s, the intersection of sports, politics and religion reached its zenith in the person of Muhammad Ali.

Rand Paul Is Demanding a Real Debate About Going to War: We Should All Pay Attention

David Paul | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
David Paul

This is a fight for the hearts and minds of Sunni Islam, in the region and worldwide. It is a fight that Muslims must lead, that Muslims must win.

How to Create a Culture of Good

Ryan McCarty | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Ryan McCarty

By identifying what matters most to you, either from a personal experience or a cause that speaks to you, you can create a culture of good in your life.

'Sticks and Bones': War Rages on

Danny Groner | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

From the first minutes of David Rabe's Vietnam-era play, you get the impression that this ordinary family isn't as ordinary as they may seem. Tension, turmoil, and disruption soon take hold of the family's quaint home and don't let up for hours.