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Vietnam War

Remembering Generosity and Commitment this Veterans Day

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

When I was a young captain at the Air Force Academy, I had the honor of escorting two general officers, Lieutenant General Devol "Rock" Brett and Brig...

Ted Sorensen, R.I.P.

Jan Herman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jan Herman

Gone. He was a real mensch. I had a short conversation with him in 2006 and asked him a few questions on the chance that he'd actually give me an answ...

Noam Chomsky: the American Socrates on an Upbeat (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Noam Chomsky, after all these years, retains the power to shock -- in the bright title of his new collection, Hopes and Prospects, and with what sound...

The Voice of God? Common Sense: George Lois's Superfocus

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andrea Chalupa

George Lois, advertising giant whose agency, Papert Koenig Lois, produced a decade of fearless magazine covers for Esquire during the turbulent '60s t...

John Kerry's Afghan Dereliction of Duty

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John Kerry should re-read his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, eloquently urging a withdrawal of United States forces from Vietnam, as he contemplates his duty towards Afghanistan.

The Long Shelf of War

Brigid Brett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brigid Brett

My collection of war books is growing. They spread out on the long shelf behind my dining room table, sandwiched between Alice in Wonderland and the poetry of Robert Frost.

We Have Won in Vietnam!

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

Freedom is a contagion that spreads on its own; it is a self-replicating bacteria; but it cannot be weaponized and spread by warfare.

Hardcore Punk Band 'Cipher' Writes A Protest Song For This Generation

Andy Stepanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Stepanian

When governments go bad, art gets good. Cipher's musical aggression is more than an outlet for their fan's frustration; it's also a call to action.

Final Notes About the Closing of a School

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are things that are beyond politics. This is one of them.

Hanoi Turns 1,000 With Vietnam's Biggest-Ever Parade (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Draped in red Communist banners and propaganda slogans, Vietnam's capital turned 1,000 years old Sunday in an extravagant ceremo...

American Youth: Idealistic Activists or Ignorant Bystanders?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

President Obama's sweep of college campuses this week to re-energize his 2008 supporters is either a brilliant strategy or a risky miscalculation. It...

Henry Kissinger: Vietnam Failures 'We Did To Ourselves'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Henry Kissinger, who helped steer Vietnam policy during the war's darkest years, said Wednesday he is convinced that "most of what ...

Tales Of Pan Am: Welcome To Vietnam

Helen Davey | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

I had to give myself a reality check: were American men really being killed right below me? I don't think anything could have prepared me for the sight of the soldiers that boarded our airplane.

Astoria Characters: The Sister Act

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Everybody says we look alike," says Francine Amendola. "But our mother says we don't," adds her sister, Laraine Amendola.

Mad Men: "The Beautiful Girls" Revolve Around the Not So Beautiful Men and the Not So Beautiful Biz

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

A most unsettling episode for the women of Mad Men, from pre-teen Sally Draper to sixty-something Miss Blankenship.

Gary Hart's New Memoir Shows the Continuity in Contemporary History

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William Bradley

Reading the book I'm struck by the threads of continuity running from 1970 to 2010. America was in a state of imperial overstretch, riven by a foolish war and roiled by divisive politics. And Hart has had a unique vantage point throughout.

Implications of a Pointless War

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What does it mean that the New York Times, upon the occasion of President Obama's announced drawdown of forces in Iraq last week, called our seven and...

The Curse of Vietnam Now Haunting Afghan Killing Fields

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

American fiction finds the view of the Vietnamese resistance unfathomable. Even in imaginative writing, most authors cannot come to terms with the people who defeated the US military.

The Afghanistan War: "They Were Children When the War Began"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

I have a grandson who just turned 11. Had he been 11 when the Afghanistan war started, he would be 19 or 20 now. He could be in Afghanistan.

America's Wars: How Serial War Became the American Way of Life

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

For two centuries, Americans were taught to think war itself an aberration. Younger generations of Americans, however, are now being taught to expect no end of war -- and no end of wars.

As Troops Leave Iraq, Will America Forget the Refugees?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

We must exercise our moral responsibility and provide meaningful financial support for the millions of innocent Iraqi men, women and children who are the wretched legacy of a war they had no hand in.

To the Vietnamese, Life Is Temporary

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

While eating local Cao Lau Noodles outdoors at a small restaurant in Hoi An, my guide Tran Nhieu said, "Please tell me what you remember about the American War."

The Wall and the Mosque: Divide and Unite

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

The current fight over the building of an Islamic study center near Ground Zero here in Manhattan is reminiscent of another battle nearly thirty years ago over a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

U.S. And Vietnam: Former Enemies, Now Military Mates

AP | MARGIE MASON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE WASHINGTON — Cold War enemies the United States and Vietnam demonstrated their blossoming military relations Sunday as a U...

Afghaninam, Vietnamistan

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Beinhart

US forces won every battle in Vietnam. Every damn battle. But we didn't have the will to win. As high as the stakes were said to be, the actual stakes were pretty low. Do we have the will to win in Afghanistan?