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Vietnam War

China's Dangerous Air and Sea Show: Outcome, Options

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has come and gone since Vice President Joe Biden's big Asia-Pacific tour in the immediate wake of China declaring an air defense zone across the East China Sea. It proved to be a consequential trip, one swiftly followed on by Secretary of State John Kerry visiting Vietnam.

A Warrior's Battle with God

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

Sid Shachnow prides himself on his strategy, leadership and skill in warfare, with very good reason. He talks confidently about his life in the military, but there is one battle he concedes he never won -- his battle with God.

From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If and when North Korea's Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain) resort opens again for foreign visitors, you can actually move through the most heavily fortified border to a scene of spectacular beauty.

Why We Should Miss John F. Kennedy 50 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's a complex and fascinating set of situations, one which would undoubtedly engage Kennedy greatly. It's too bad he's not around to counsel Obama.

Draft Prospects

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.30.2014 | Teen
Doug Bradley

Would I want to put my life at risk again? And would I want others to be in harm's way, knowing that Nixon and his predecessors had lied to us about our role and mission?

1969: When Winning the Lottery Wasn't

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 01.30.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Edelberg

Americans tend to remember sacred dates: the day Kennedy got shoot or the Twin Towers fell. For many Boomers, there's another date with an upcoming anniversary: December 1, 1969, the night our government reinstated the draft lottery for the first time since WWII.

An Espionage Thriller Set in World War I Era: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Robert Olen Butler on His New Novel The Star of Istanbul

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
R. Clifton Spargo

I caught up with Butler, shortly after he'd received the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. We talked about his views on the place of popular culture in his literary fiction, on journalists and espionage, on his cats and hobbies, and on why the genre of the thriller speaks so readily to our contemporary imagination.

Thanks, But No Thanks

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

Since Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. Army pulled out all the stops to make us homesick G.I.s partake in a quintessential Thanksgiving dinner in Vietnam.

The Top Historic Moments Of The Past 50 Years We'll Never Forget

Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty

As we reflected recently on the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy that took place 50 years ago, we realized yet again how significant ...

JFK, the Assassination, and the Avoidable Tragedy of Vietnam

Mark Santow | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Mark Santow

Much like 9/11 for Americans of this century, Kennedy's seemingly inexplicable murder inspired an almost existential sense of national and individual vulnerability. One rarely finds anyone who lived through the events of November 1963 that does not think that something profoundly changed in their wake.

A Pacifist's Take on Veterans' Rights

Nick Sexton | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
Nick Sexton

In many respects, veterans are currently invisible to the American public. Even if you believe that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should never have started, that does not mean that you should ignore the humanity of soldiers.

An Early Thanksgiving Message

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.24.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Wherever you are, there are plenty of lonely soldiers, sailors and airmen who would love to spend a few hours with you and your family sharing not only a home-cooked meal, but also enjoying the warmth, amity and, yes, the bitter-sweet memories of home, that such an occasion will bring.

Of Love Between Brothers and Sisters

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Of course brothers and sisters have differences of opinion, argue and fight with each other. Nothing new there. The prolific English hymn writer and ...

21 November 1963

John Guare | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Guare

We watched Air Force One land on a strip far away from us. Thousands of us soldiers marched in formation near it. We saw figures who must've been Jack and Jackie step out of the plane.

My Time With Chum Mey: One of the Only Living Survivors of Pol Pot's Reign Tells His Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steve Mariotti

I met Chum Mey at the site of S21, where he, remarkably, was allowed to live because he could fix his jailers' typewriters. Tragically, he could not save his wife and son, who were shot before his eyes as they were being moved to a different camp.

On the 50th Anniversary of JFK's Assassination, Let's Examine His True Legacy

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

JFK hardly represented the best aspects of liberalism, unnecessarily endangered not only the American people but the entire world with nuclear war, and was a very bad president.

5 Veterans Who Will Make You Proud To Be Latino

The Huffington Post | Ana Benedetti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino veterans form an important part of American history. Since the United States fought for its independence in the late 18th century, there have b...

Veterans Day: I Remember

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Because of their war-incurred illnesses, injuries -- both physical and mental -- and many other consequences of our wars and conflicts, for ma...

LBJ and Veterans Day

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

It was a week before the November 3 presidential election but, quite honestly, since I couldn't even vote and, I could have cared less. My sights were set on attending college the following fall and eventually becoming a lawyer. The world was going to be my oyster. Or so I thought.

For Veterans, Veterans Day is Every Day of the Year

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

For most of us, Veterans Day is another day to celebrate and honor an occasion or event -- in this case a very special group of people. For our v...

At Last a Welcome Home: The Long Journey Back

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

On Veterans Day this year we are commemorating a very significant anniversary, in fact two anniversaries. We are marking the fact that 50 years ago the United States entered into combat operations in Vietnam, and 40 years ago those combat operations came to an official conclusion.

Achieving Peace Through Drama

Robert Gagnier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Robert Gagnier

"I have always really been interested in voices that aren't heard in America. One might say marginalized voices. I was in my formative years during the Vietnam War. When Trieu and I had that lunch, he had a very unique story to tell."

We Bleed Too: Tony Bush, PTSD and the Discharge Status of Vietnam Veterans

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

Despite the U.S. government having traditionally subjugated, marginalized, and even committed genocide against the Lakota, members of the Oglala nation have served in every branch of the service both before and since the Snyder Act (1924) and the Nationality Act of 1940 made Native Americans legal U.S. Citizens.

47 Years Later, These Vietnam War Photos Still Haunts Us

Posted 11.04.2013 | World

In October of 1966, the Vietnam War had already been raging for nearly 11 years. Thousands of troops were still fighting, and in their midst a courage...

Tracers for a New Generation

John Densmore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
John Densmore

My generation was lied to by our leaders, and we lived in fear of being drafted, and some our buddies who were, didn't come back. I say all this because I, we, need to help shoulder what happened during that time. I suggest everyone, especially twenty-somethings, go see Tracers.