Vietnam War

“The Post” & American “Lies”

The Post with Meryl Streep as publisher Katherine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee recalls the 1971 battle…

What You Should Know About the Tet Offensive
What You Should Know About the Tet Offensive

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive. Here is what you should know about the attacks that changed the course of the Vietnam War.

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A Failure to Discern: Burns & Novick’s “The Vietnam War” is Bad History

The PBS documentary fails to distinguish moral differences between belligerents, to account for the post-1968 strategy, and to learn the right lessons.

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Mission Failure: The Burns & Novick “The Vietnam War” Misses its Target

In this first of a two-part review, Mac Owens reflects on the Ken Burns & Lynn Novick PBS documentary “The Vietnam War” and why it falls short of its effort to provide a balanced view of the conflict.

Burying a Hero & Recalling a Generation

Friday I attended a memorial service at Fort Myer for Nixon-era Defense Secretary Melvin Laird, who died in November at…

Nixon’s Vietnam Treachery?

Every couple years a supposedly new revelation claims Nixon secretly sabotaged a possible Vietnam peace settlement by LBJ during the 1968 election.

The Killing Fields

Some years ago I watched on television the compelling 1984 film The Killing Fields, in which Sam Waterston plays an…

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The Vietnam Syndrome, Revisited

The rueful lessons of the Vietnam War, especially their roots in the hubris of modern liberalism, remain largely forgotten.

Saigon’s Fall & Father Berrigan’s Death

Yesterday April 30 the controversial Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan died at age 94 after 70 years of intense political activism,…