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Vietnam War

40 Years After End of Vietnam War, Let's Not Forget Who Helped Stop It and the Vietnamese Who Still Suffer

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Today as the U.S. wages simultaneous land and drone wars in several countries, the lessons of the Vietnam War are under attack as never before.

But When Did It Start?

Michael Putzel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Within months, tens of thousands of U.S. forces were committed to battle on the ground and in the air. But by the time the Army joined the fight in substantial numbers, I was off active duty, in the Reserves and most of the way through my six-year military obligation.

Vietnam Veteran's Remastered Photos Give A Remarkable Glimpse Of War

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender & Damon Dahlen | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

It's been 40 years since the Fall of Saigon, and many are reflecting on the changes that came about because of the Vietnam War. Veteran James Loesc...

8 Historic Photos That Capture The Chaotic U.S. Withdrawal From Saigon

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, marking the end of a decades-long conflict that left mil...

The War Blog: On the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

Unlike the veterans of earlier wars the brave men and women who went to Vietnam and survived had to endure two wars. There was that bloody one in the jungles and rice paddies and then there was the fight for respect and recognition at home.

Five Lessons From Vietnam

Bennet Kelley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

A decade after the fall of Saigon, President Nixon wrote, "[n]o event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War." A generation and a half later, this remains true. Yet what lessons should we draw from our nation's first major defeat?

The Wall Times 65: Commemorate That

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Mark A. Ashwill

Here's a simple exercise that will help you comprehend the horrific magnitude of the loss of human and, more specifically, Vietnamese life during that war.

The Continuing Curse of Agent Orange

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

It is time for the U.S. government to take responsibility for the human and environmental disaster that is still being caused by Agent Orange and provide comprehensive assistance to all those suffering from this deadly poison.

40 Years After the Vietnam War

David Duong | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
David Duong

As this once war-ridden country rushes towards the future, Vietnamese-Americans like me are coming back with a desire to contribute to the nation building, through the lens of our American education, upbringing and culture.

The Real Cost of Vietnam

John Tirman | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
John Tirman

What we won't hear so much this week is the story of the Vietnamese, the burned out villages, the bombed dams, the five million people displaced, the promiscuous use of napalm and Agent Orange (which still ravages Vietnamese), the three million dead.

Jim Morrison's War Today

Nick Turse | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

To me, the song always was and always will be about the Vietnam War. If you know it -- and you will the instant you hear the first notes and the shivering tambourine -- you know it as "The End."

40 Years Later, Will the End Games in Iraq and Afghanistan Follow the Vietnam Playbook?

Christian Appy | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

This week we mark the 40th anniversary of those final days of the war. We will once again surely see the searing images of terrified refugees, desperate evacuations, and final defeat. But even that grim tale offers a lesson to those who will someday memorialize our present round of disastrous wars.

A Lifetime Away From Saigon

Thuy Thanh Jakim | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Thuy Thanh Jakim

“Don't forget, be good. Love your new family. You always have your mother here in Vietnam. You have not been orphaned.” I watched as this woman wh...

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Freeze on U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan Marks Latest Chapter in Debate Over 'Cut and Run'

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

When President Barack Obama announced recently that he would freeze a planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, he explained that Afghanistan remained a dangerous place.

Stamps of Honor

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I have always admired and been impressed by the number, variety and appropriateness of postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in honor and in support of our military and veterans and I am somewhat regretful that this area of philately did not become my niche.

Uncle Pentagon

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.

The 50th Anniversary of U.S. Marines Landing in Vietnam

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

These days, it has become far more difficult to teach the history of America's war in Vietnam because one of the chief lessons of that war we thought we had learned ("No More Vietnams") has been soundly disproven in recent years.

Patriotic Betrayal in the 1960s -- When the CIA Turned Students Into Spies

Josh Getlin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Josh Getlin

Patriotic Betrayal argues eloquently that, no matter how worthy its objectives, a democratic government that crosses the line and subverts the principles it's sworn to uphold forfeits any claim to higher ground.

Vietnam, Revisited

John Graham | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
John Graham

Fifty years ago America's leaders told us that if we lost Saigon it would be just the first domino to tip over as the juggernaut of International Communism smashed through the defenses of Capitalism. Now I am back, for the first time.

Bill O'Reilly and the Conservative Crisis of Macho

Steven Conn | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.