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Vietnam War

Protests Provide 'Constant Reminder' As War Fades From Public Eye

AP | WILSON RING | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The protesters gather at noon every Friday in front of the Montpelier post office, sharing signs made up years ago to tell the...

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

In the end, even though he thought that Nixon's subterfuge amounted to treason, LBJ did nothing.

The End of Endless War?

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

It is clear that the past decade has taken a heavy toll on U.S. public attitudes about the efficacy and morality of war.

Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy?

Nick Turse | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Nick Turse

The Vietnam War killed more than 58,000 Americans. That's a lot of people and a lot of heartache. It deserves attention. But it killed several million Vietnamese and severely affected -- and I mean severely -- the lives of many millions more. That deserves a whole lot more focus.

War Costs Have Longer Effect Than Previously Thought

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service m...

Senator Portman's Epiphany: Commendable or Just 'God-awful Narcissism'?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dorian de Wind

Yes, there is plenty to criticize Portman about, but at least he seems to have made peace with himself and his son -- something that is still so elusive to millions of Americans. Perhaps that should count for something.

45th Anniversary Of My Lai Massacre

Posted 03.16.2013 | World

Saturday marks the 45th anniversary of the My Lai massacre, the mass murder of hundreds of unarmed South Vietnamese civilians at the hands of U.S. sol...

The Effects and the Reality of the Vietnam War as a "2nd Generation Legacy"

Suzanne Edwards | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Edwards

A great number of veterans and their families will forever be captured in this black hole as its force can be too great to escape. Perhaps this is the enduring legacy of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Legacies

Doug Bradley | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Doug Bradley

I hope someday to tell my grandchildren similar stories of two Vietnam brothers-in-arms, Hagel and Kerry, who remembered the lessons of Vietnam and put an end to war in our lifetime.

Endangered Afghan Interpreters: Washington Should Welcome its Friends

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

In Iraq and Afghanistan the U.S. relied heavily on interpreters, most recruited from the local population. Yet the U.S. government has refused to welcome those who have done so much to help America.

Vietnam War POWs Come Home -- 40th Anniversary

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I will never forget the courage and stoicism of those men, the joy and tears of those who could not run to them fast enough, the emotions of that morning and the tears of all of us.

'I Begged for Them to Stop'

Nick Turse | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Try not to think about dying, because there's nothing you can do about it, because you're tied down, because someone is pouring that water over your face, forcing it into you, drowning you slowly and deliberately. You're helpless. You're in agony.

Who'll Stop the Rain?

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.24.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

It was a "dark and stormy might," so who'd come out to hear us talk about war and pain and survival and guilt?

War's Lingering Phantoms

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

As two hellish, costly and needless wars struggle toward collapse, this is the time -- now, right this minute, before the next false alarm goes off -- for us to look honestly at the cost and quality of national security based on militarism.

Remember When "I Support the Troops" Was Part of Our Political Discourse?

Byron Williams | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Byron Williams

Now that America's longest war is scheduled to conclude by 2014, shouldn't a second GI Bill specific to the 21s-century soldier be under consideration?

The Hagel Hearings

Nick Turse | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Nick Turse

You can be sure: Hagel's military service in Vietnam will be mentioned -- and praised. You can also be sure of this: no senator will ask Hagel about his presence during the machine-gunning of an orphanage in Vietnam's Mekong Delta or the lessons he might have drawn from that incident.

War Strategies of the Blind

Rick Ayers | Posted 03.31.2013 | Books
Rick Ayers

The problem is that the U.S. media has no voice critical of the overall enterprise. Even liberal outlets like National Public Radio and The New York Times are all united in the project of occupation. No one bothers to examine the history.

Hundreds Turn Out For Pieces Of George McGovern History

AP | KRISTI EATON | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Hundreds of people braved frigid temperatures Saturday for a chance to buy books, furniture and other items once owned by three-t...

Violence Begets Violence

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Thirty years of gun-slinging mass murder American style had almost pushed me into mute hopelessness. But feelings of despair offer no answers, so I went looking for antidotes. I had found two, before the horrific gates of gun violence hell touched my own family.

The Nintendo Warriors Rise Again

William S. Becker | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

The lesson of Vietnam is not that the United States should never go to war. It's that war is a last resort to be used only when there's a damn good reason and peaceful options have been exhausted.

Chuck Hagel's Military Service: A Target Once Again

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

I have consistently defended Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, against allegations that he is "anti-Semitic," against attacks for his lack of appetite for "elective" wars, etc.

The View Of Obama's Inauguration From My Kitchen

Kathryn E. Livingston | Posted 03.24.2013 | Fifty
Kathryn E. Livingston

I had planned to go to Washington for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But then the flu happened, and I decided it would be wiser to stay home than to take the bus to DC from Jersey and stand outside for who knows how many hours, coughing away in the winter weather.

Kerry, Hagel -- Sharing Vietnam's Lessons and Legacies

Lanny Davis | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Lanny Davis

John Kerry's and Chuck Hagel's service in Vietnam in the late 1960s suggests three common lessons and legacies from that tragic war that are likely to influence their policy recommendations to the president for whom they work.

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam?

Jonathan Schell | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Jonathan Schell

For half a century we have been arguing about "the Vietnam War." Is it possible that we didn't know what we were talking about? After all that has been written (some 30,000 books and counting), it scarcely seems possible, but such, it turns out, has literally been the case.

The Disingenuous Dismissal of Chuck Hagel's Military Service

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Conservatives have consistently glorified military service, as they should. But now, as Obama nominates a man who has served honorably in combat in Vietnam, the "Hagel Haters," -- many "chicken hawks" themselves -- are disingenuously changing their tune.