Vietnam War

Humbling Account of a Vietnam Tragedy: Review of Bowden’s Hue 1968
Humbling Account of a Vietnam Tragedy: Review of Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968

Mark Bowden’s Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam is a book about an epic tragedy….

Hope from Vietnamese-American Admiral

Huan Nguyen recently became America’s first Vietnamese American admiral.  His parents and five siblings were killed by the Viet Cong…

Burns and Novick’s The Vietnam War is Profoundly and Fundamentally Wrong
Burns and Novick’s The Vietnam War is Profoundly and Fundamentally Wrong

From my perspective the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick production of “The Vietnam War” had but one objective: to reinforce the standard anti-war narrative that the Vietnam War was unwinnable, illegal, immoral, and ineptly conducted by the allies from start to finish.

What Ken Burns Omits From The Vietnam War

Although Burns and Novick don’t besmirch veterans as flagrantly, their misrepresentation of the war and its warriors has reopened old wounds. It’s not just Vietnam veterans’ reputations at stake; how we view this war shapes how we view ourselves as Americans.

Just War & National Honor: The Case of Vietnam
Just War & National Honor: The Case of Vietnam

Just war theorizing has typically left the issue of national honor untouched, although warriors and statesmen routinely emphasize the importance of vindicating the sacrifice of the fallen. Does prolonging a war in order to assuage or vindicate national honor comport with the just war tradition?

Loser America?

Jesuit priest and author Thomas Reese wrote a Religion News Service column critical of the US missile strikes on Syria’s…

My Lai Thompson
Horror & Heroism in 1968: 50 Years After My Lai

My Lai is rightly associated with disgrace, abhorrence, and sorrow. But because of the actions of a few brave men who stood against their own, My Lai ought also to be associated with courage, decency, and love.

“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.