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Vietnam War

After 40 Years, Vietnam Memories Still Strong

AP | JAY REEVES and DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago Friday, and the date holds great meaning for many who fought the war, protested it or otherwise ...

Vietnam Veterans Look Back

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and LISA CORNWELL | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

Forty years ago, soldiers returning from Vietnam were advised to change into civilian clothes on their flights home because of fears they would be acc...

The Amazing Race Mistake and the Jerry Bruckheimer I Know

Kenneth Robinson | Posted 05.26.2013 | TV
Kenneth Robinson

CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race made a horrible mistake in judgment. In the fallout, the personal integrity and patriotism of Jerry Bruckheimer have been impugned.

Amazing Race Apology Not Good Enough for Fox News

Kerry Patton | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Kerry Patton

The Amazing Race team delivered an apology. For some, that apology may not be perceived as the perfect apology. But it was an apology and we should not be the ones who judge rather we should allow that "judgment" be made by our savior.

John McCain To Receive Big Honor From Both Parties

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a rare show of bipartisanship, Senate Democrats and Republicans will hold a joint meeting next month to mark the 40th anniversary of ...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.