Vietnam

Loser America?

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

“Dragon Lady” & “Mother of the Nation”

Anna Chennault and Winnie Mandela, two formidable women who represented some of the last century’s great international conflicts, have died.

What a Country: Immigrants Serve US Military Well
What a Country: Immigrants Serve US Military Well

In an era where old debates over immigration are resurfacing, Guor Maker’s only-in-America story is a reminder of how important immigrants are to this nation—and how much they sacrifice to serve and defend their new home.

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.

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.

Star Wars 40 Years Ago American Renewal Responsibility Patriotism
“Star Wars” 40 Years Ago

The rhapsodic public reception that Star Wars received 40 years ago in America, even as it was originally banned in the Soviet Union, was part of a larger, slowly emerging renewal of American confidence in its democratic principles and in its global responsibilities.

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…

Once the Shooting Stops: U.S. Military Forces in the Aftermath of War Review of Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar
Once the Shooting Stops: U.S. Military Forces in the Aftermath of War

Drawdown: The American Way of Postwar is a fascinating analysis not of how the U.S. fights wars, but what it does in their aftermath.

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.