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Vietnam War

'Sergeant' Hagel Steps Down

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Having served my country in the enlisted ranks, I feel a special affinity towards and respect for the Secretary. Like the president, I feel that Chuck Hagel's enlisted service has been an asset to his service as Secretary of Defense.

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

Is He a Good Father, Katie?

Tricia McCallum | Posted 11.13.2014 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

My cinematic crème de la crème takes many forms. It may be one line of dialogue all on its own, or an entire scene's worth. It might be a look or a gesture from one character to another, or to no one in particular. It might be as simple as the quality of light the director captured at a window in early morning.

Disney During World War II and Hope: Entertainer of the Century Showcase Two Hollywood Legends Who Did Everything They Could for the Troops

Jim Hill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As a former servicemember, I have to admit that I'm always intrigued by how various entertainment entities observe Veterans Day.

Americans Commemorate Veterans Day Across The Country

The Huffington Post | Diane Jeanty | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Thousands of Americans celebrated Veterans Day on Tuesday, honoring and showing their support for those who served by participating in parades, visiti...

McCain: Obama's Iraq Strategy Reminds Me Of Vietnam

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his days of service in the Vietnam War in a radio interview on Tuesday, Veterans Day. McCain, a former naval a...

Vietnam Veteran Finally Receives Purple Heart 47 Years After Returning From War

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.11.2014 | Good News

Almost a half century late, this veteran is finally getting the recognition he deserves. Sam Farris of Hurt, Virginia, a Vietnam veteran, was 19 ye...

Here's Why Veterans Don't Talk About It

David W. Peters | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
David W. Peters

In my conversations with veterans I often hear from their family members that, "He just never talks about it." Stories connect people, and veterans' families and friends want that connection, but veterans still don't talk about it. Why?

"Sticks and Bones": The Way We Were During Vietnam Via Rabe

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.07.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The rage that polarized the country over the Vietnam War now, decades later, often seems a distant memory. A gripping revival of David Rabe's Sticks a...

Revealed U.S. Strategy to Battle ISIS Is Wanting

Ivan Eland | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

The recognition of Iraq's partition is the only hope for the United States to avoid escalation into another quagmire on the ground in Iraq.

'Participant, Southeast Asia War Games, 1961-1975: Second Place.'

Nick Turse | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

The waiter seemed to momentarily straighten up. "Thank you for your service," he solemnly intoned before bounding off to get the beers. One of veterans -- a Marine who had seen his fair share of combat -- commented on how much he hated that phrase.

One My Lai a Month

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The cornerstone of every war is the dehumanization, a terrifying process with long-lasting and infinitely unfolding consequences. And the Vietnam War was the first in which the full horror of this process, stripped of all glory and pseudo-necessity, reached significant public awareness.

Astoria Characters: The Eclectic Educator

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.21.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sometimes, Steven thinks about slowing down. He has a teenage son, a grown son and three grandchildren he dreams of spending more time with. Grandstanding, after all, is a more befitting pastime for those of a tenderer age.

US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

The Pentagon is planning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by launching a $30 million program to rewrite and sanitize its history. Replete with a fancy interactive website, the effort is aimed at teaching schoolchildren a revisionist history of the war.

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 10.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

Fred Branfman, ¡Presente!

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 10.03.2014 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

Fred Branfman, writer and peace activist, passed away on September 24, 2014, at the age of 72 in Budapest.

Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Warns Of Vietnam-Like Risks In ISIS War

consortiumnews.com | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department official who leaked the Pentagon Papers exposing the Vietnam War lies, is alarmed at the many parallels...

Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

John Feffer | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

President Obama is no less committed to military action than any of his predecessors. He might personally have a less gung-ho disposition than, say, George W. Bush. But Obama's personality is only a small part of the equation. Despite the putative end of the Cold War, the United States has remained on a war footing. The national security apparatus is programed for intervention. What we see now taking place in the skies above Syria and Iraq is not an exception to the Obama-as-pacifist rule. It is a summation of a particular evolution in U.S. militarism toward the asymmetrical warfare of dispensing death at a distance.

In Limbo Between War and Peace: A Vietnam Veteran Comes Home

Ben Cosgrove | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Ben Cosgrove

How a country treats it war veterans says a lot about its values. Not the values it purports to cherish, but those it actually holds. Whether one come...

Gary Hart and Richard Nixon, Pt. 1

Ken Toltz | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Ken Toltz

As a 1974 high school junior, I couldn't envision that a day would come 10 years later where I would join Hart's initial 1984 insurgent presidential campaign challenging establishment candidate VP Walter Mondale.

The Stunning True Story of Captain Jerry Coffee, a Prisoner of War for Seven Years in Vietnam

Tim Lussier | Posted 11.23.2014 | Hawaii
Tim Lussier

While flying reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam, piloting his jet fighter, Captain Coffee was shot down by enemy fire. After parachuting to safety, he was captured by enemy forces on the ground.

Taco Bell Spinoff Pulls Communist Red Star Logo After Outcry

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Business

Yum! Brands just suffered a red scare. Less than a week after launching Banh Shop, its foray into Vietnamese bánh mì sandwiches, the fast-food g...

The Graying of Trauma: Revisiting Vietnam's POWs

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.

Tribute to Robin Williams: The NVF Honors a Silent Benefactor

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

I doubt if more than a handful of people know the part Robin Williams played in the earliest days of the National Veterans Foundation. Williams, acting from his heart and core values, generously donated his music royalties.

Urban Outfitters Hits New Low With Faux Blood-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business

In its endless quest to seem edgy, Urban Outfitters has gone too far once more. The store offered a one-of-a-kind Kent State University sweatshirt ...