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Vietnam War

Tribute to Robin Williams: The NVF Honors a Silent Benefactor

Shad Meshad | Posted 09.15.2014 | 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 ...

9/11... A Rude Awakening

David Kanegis | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Prior to this heinous series of events, the historical question most often asked of Baby Boomers was, "do you remember where you were when President Kennedy was shot?" I don't know a single one of my contemporaries who doesn't.

Rory Kennedy Talks 'Last Days in Vietnam'

Rob Feld | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Feld

In her new documentary, filmmaker Rory Kennedy surrounds the events that transpired as a group of Americans took it upon themselves through a series of back ops to shuttle as many Vietnamese out of the country as they could.

What Is an Honorable Response to Israel/Gaza?

danah boyd | Posted 08.07.2014 | Media
danah boyd

I wake up each day to depressing news of what's happening in Israel and Gaza. The question is: how can we collectively reach an unsatisfactory conclusion and come out as honorable people?

War, Liberalism, Trust in Government: The Many Casualties of LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

The Johnson administration was looking for a pretext to escalate the war. "We don't know what happened," National Security Adviser Walter W. Rostow told the president after Congress passed the resolution, "but it had the desired result."

Vietnam a Half Century after the Gulf of Tonkin

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

A look at Vietnam today makes plain just how mistaken and tragic the American venture into war there was. First, though, a brief summary of how the decisive turn into that disastrous mistake a half century ago occurred.

Motorcycle Riding 'Angels of Help'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.31.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Next time you see, and hear, a bunch of burley guys, sporting black leather jackets blazoned with all kinds of intriguing patches, roaring down your quiet street on their Harley- Davidson "hogs," don't be nervous.

Ukraine and the Media Drumbeat

Martin Hellman | Posted 07.31.2014 | Media
Martin Hellman

The mistake of becoming involved in a war without first making sure our assumptions are correct is being repeated today with the civil war in Ukraine.

The Limits of American Power: A Letter to the Left

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)

It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

There are so many stakeholders, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, that would like to see an end to this madness in Gaza. The vital thing confronting us today is for the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and seek a viable and realistic political solution.

The Bonus Marchers Anniversary and Veterans in America

Roger Fisk | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

Veterans and patriotism are almost interchangeable, but peeling away the veneer reveals the conflicted relationship America has with its vets.

How Many People Need to Die? The Manipulation of Grief to Incite War

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

The deplorable and frightening violence erupting in Israel and in the occupied territories is not an inevitable blood feud. It is the logical outcome of leaders who cannot come to the table to negotiate peace for the sake of their people.

Can Obama Pardon Undocumented Immigrants and Let Them Stay? Civil War Cases Point the Way

Terry Connelly | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Many in Congress and elsewhere would be surprised to learn that undocumented presence of aliens is not a crime under U.S. law.

Veterans of Foreign Wars: 'Doing Good Things'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

From what I hear, read and see, the VFW does a fine job at the national level. But, as with any large organization, many of the "good things" take place where the rubber hits the road, at the local Posts.

Huey on the Roof

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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A Baby Boomer's Belated Blog to George Will

Eric Trules | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Eric Trules

I mean, okay, I can accept words like "entitled" and "morally superior." I have even referred to your own brand of journalism of reeking of the latter, and isn't it funny, but now we Baby Boomers are guilty of calling the Millennial generation, our children and grandchildren, the latter.

After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, We Must Never Again Wage Counterinsurgency Wars and Urban Combat

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Armies are meant to fight other armies. Military forces are not designed to combat roadside bombs, civilians with a Kalashnikov, or evade ambush...

My Daddy Wears a Uniform

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
BJ Gallagher

My daddy wears a uniform./I think he's very brave./ He goes to work each day/ to keep all the people safe.

El Salvador: We Can Help Usher in a New Era of Peace with Justice

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Could we somehow take part, not in "fixing" the existing problems, but in accompanying the Salvadoran people on their journey toward a peaceful and just society?

Don’t Walk Away From War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The US has been at war nearly nonstop since the Vietnam War began. That's more than half a century of experience with war, American-style, and yet few in our world bother to draw the obvious conclusions.

Proof Nixon's Campaign Conspired To Scuttle Vietnam Peace Talks

Politico | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

Did Richard Nixon’s campaign conspire to scuttle the Vietnam War peace talks on the eve of the 1968 election to capture him the presidency? ...

On War, Desertion and Duty

Rick Ayers | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Rick Ayers

There is not much to add to the media frenzy that has accompanied the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five prisoners at Guantanamo. Reflecting on the history of American military adventures since Vietnam, I would offer one new observation.

The Vietnam War's Ghosts Haunt Our Food

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The popular herbicide 2,4-D is not the same thing as Agent Orange -- the chemical cocktail that included 2,4-D as one of its major ingredients. But the analogy is striking. We already know for a fact that 2,4-D is not safe; it is a dangerous source of dioxins and has been repeatedly linked to deadly disease.

Reborn in the USA

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

The love and support of my wife and four year-old daughter notwithstanding, I'm not sure I would have made it through that summer, or that year, had it not been for Born in the USA, the new album from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.