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  • Justifying Betrayal of Vietnam Emerges as the Raison d’être Of Ken Burns’ Film on the War

    10/18/2017 6:25:22 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    NY Sun ^ | October 11, 2017 1.6K342 | By PHILLIP JENNINGS, Special to the Sun
    The only positive thing I can say about Ken Burns’ documentary on the Vietnam War is this — if it is the best the left has, we may blessedly have heard the last of them. The arguments Mr. Burns presents are weak, biased, and insulting. The documentary is scripted to evoke sorrow and moral indignation over what was presented as American error, ineptness, and lack of moral purpose. The narrative counterposes happy and earnest winners (the communists) with sad and angst-ridden losers (America and the South Vietnamese). It deemed only such perspectives worthy of inclusion. Mr. Burns fails to find...
  • It's 1968 All Over Again

    10/12/2017 5:19:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Almost a half-century ago, in 1968, the United States seemed to be falling apart. The Vietnam War, a bitter and close presidential election, antiwar protests, racial riots, political assassinations, terrorism and a recession looming on the horizon left the country divided between a loud radical minority and a silent conservative majority. The United States avoided a civil war. But America suffered a collective psychological depression, civil unrest, defeat in Vietnam and assorted disasters for the next decade -- until the election of a once-polarizing Ronald Reagan ushered in five consecutive presidential terms of relative bipartisan calm and prosperity from 1981...
  • A collection of 30 Mistakes made in the “Vietnamese War” - and “Lessons Learned”

    10/10/2017 12:49:31 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 37 replies
    October 10, 2017 | re_tail20
    A collection of 30 Mistakes made in the “Vietnamese War” - and “Lessons Learned” i just finished watching all ten episodes of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War”, and I think that, while far from a totally complete view, which would take about 1,000 hours, it presented a much more fleshed out story than previous attempts, incorporating many new declassified tapes and conversations, and presenting many new photos, film footage, and perspectives. i came of age after the Vietnamese War, and have constantly heard and read about the “Lessons of Vietnam.” When this happens, i would always scream, “What Lessons?”, because...
  • PBS' The Vietnam War Miseducates America

    10/10/2017 7:48:48 AM PDT · by pabianice · 52 replies
    realcleardefense ^ | 10/10/17 | Sempa
    The recent PBS ten-episode The Vietnam War, produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and written by Geoffrey Ward, is billed as a critical reexamination of the war in Indochina that claimed more than 58,000 American lives and more than two million Vietnamese lives. It is nothing of the sort. Burns, Novick and Ward do not reexamine any of the conventional liberal perspectives on the war. The shibboleths of the Left are all reinforced. The production of this new series was, objectively, a waste of time and money, for PBS had essentially told the same story in 1983’s...
  • Vanity: Glenn Campbell Galveston

    09/23/2017 8:54:50 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | Glenn Campbell
    RIP Glenn. Galveston is a song about a young man drafted to fight in Vietnam. He left his 21 year old girlfriend and thinks of her and Galveston while he worries of dying. "I clean my gun and dream of Galveston". Glenn played briefly for the Beach Boys. From December 1964 through early March 1965, Glen was a touring member of The Beach Boys playing bass and singing Brian Wilson‘s high falsetto harmony part. Brian was in rehab. Glenn could listen to a song once and play it from memory. Also recommended is The William Tell Overture in memory of...
  • Are PBS and Ken Burns about to Rewrite History Again? (Viet Nam)

    07/17/2017 7:08:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 100 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/17/2017 | Stephen Sherman
    PBS is planning to run a new documentary series this September on the Vietnam War, produced and written by Ken Burns. Burns is a left-wing "historian" and documentary film producer with a history of having his politics shape the narrative of the story he is telling, with a number of resulting inaccuracies. Ken Burns correctly identifies the Vietnam War as being the point at which our society split into two diametrically opposed camps. He is also correct in identifying a need for us to discuss this aspect of our history in a civil and reflective manner. The problem is that...
  • The Viet Congs were Hunted with Silent Revolvers

    06/05/2017 10:33:18 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/5/2017 | J Trevithick
    The guns 'special' rounds were quiet but lacked stopping power Since World War II, America's elite forces have used quiet firearms for missions where it pays to be silent. Sound suppressors—commonly referred known as silencers—remain in service today. What many don't know is that U.S. commandos once carried revolvers with special cartridges designed to muffle gunshots. In the 1960s, the AAI Corporation developed the cartridges for the U.S. Army's and Navy's rifles, pistols and shotguns. The U.S. Army Special Forces and Rangers tested the unique ammunition in Vietnam. While they offered many advantages, AAI's products failed to win any widespread...
  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/28/2017 2:25:43 PM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 31 replies
    Personal experience ^ | May 28, 2017 | Donald J. Taylor
    In Memory of a Fallen Comrade I write this in memory of one we left behind, MSG William B. Hunt, U.S. Army Special Forces, MIA, November 5, 1966. It is an account of the sacrifice he made to his country, to his comrades, and to the Vietnamese people. In November 1966, SSG Hunt and I served together at Special Forces ODA Camps under Detachment B-32, 5th Special Forces Group, Tay Ninh Province, in the Republic of Vietnam. Hunt was with ODA-322 at Camp Suoi DA, and I was assigned to ODA-323 at Camp Trai Bi. Our camps were about 30...
  • "Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory"

    03/25/2017 8:07:50 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Anita Bryant
  • On this day in 1968

    03/16/2017 4:39:39 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 26 replies
    Troops of Co C, 1st Bat. 20th Inf. Reg. 11 Brig. 23rd ID attacked the Vietnamese village of My-Lai. By the end of the day the village and its population were largely destroyed.
  • John Kerry’s practiced betrayal of friends

    12/31/2016 2:41:27 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Washington Times | 29 Dec, 2016 | Wesley Pruden
    John Kerry doesn’t come late to the betrayal of friends. He has had considerable practice. In 1971, when he was a young lieutenant just back from Vietnam, where he was a decorated skipper of a Swift Boat patrolling the Mekong River, he appeared before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to pay his “respects” to the American soldiers, sailors and Marines he fought a war with. Representing all those veterans, he told the senators, he wanted to talk about war crimes he said “were committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”...
  • Lawrence Colburn Dies; Helped End Vietnam's My Lai Massacre

    12/16/2016 12:41:58 PM PST · by Borges · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/16/2016 | CHEVEL JOHNSON
    Lawrence Manley Colburn, a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War who helped end the slaughter of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese villagers by U.S. troops at My Lai, has died. He was 67. Lisa Colburn, speaking with The Associated Press on Thursday evening, said her husband of 31 years was diagnosed with cancer in late September and died Tuesday. "It was very quick," she said by phone from her Canton, Georgia, home near Atlanta. "He was a very peaceful man who had a great desire for there to be a peaceful world."
  • 1969 Film of Bernie Sanders spreading North Vietnamese propaganda

    08/15/2016 11:03:27 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 31 replies
    In this 1969 documentary of a seditious meeting of communists with the notorious communist and terrorist Walter T Howard CCCP of New York City, we see Bernie Sanders attending a meeting and a filming of a North Vietnamese communist film that portrays the communist viet cong as freedom fighters and the Americans as torturers and barbarians. This and other films were shown by student radicals and marxists as Americans were being killed by the North Vietnamese army and the VietCong and as Vietnamese civilians were being murdered, tortured, buried alive and extorted by the communists and their gangster protection schemes...
  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 9:58:45 AM PDT · by DJ Taylor · 16 replies
    Vanity | May 30, 2016 | Donald J. Taylor
    In Memory of a Fallen Comrade I write this in memory of one we left behind, MSG William B. Hunt, U.S. Army Special Forces, MIA, November 5, 1966. It is an account of the sacrifice he made to his country, to his comrades, and to the Vietnamese people. In November 1966, SSG Hunt and I served together at Special Forces ODA Camps under Detachment B-32, 5th Special Forces Group, Tay Ninh Province, in the Republic of Vietnam. Hunt was with ODA-322 at Camp Suoi DA, and I was assigned to ODA-323 at Camp Trai Bi. Our camps were about 30...
  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    05/29/2016 11:10:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 2:48 AM EDT
    Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was...
  • Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial In Venice

    05/28/2016 11:19:39 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 69 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | May 27, 2016
    VENICE (CBSLA.com) — Vandals defaced a memorial to Vietnam war veterans in Venice – an awful sight on this Memorial Day weekend. Stewart Oscars welled up as he looked at the vandalized mural located on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court. It was covered in graffiti from end to end. “This knocked me out. So sickening. Just sadness…think of all these people. They’re gone,” Oscars said. “I remember the Vietnam war and how friends went to war, and bodies came back. Somehow, it has to be taught that this is not a good idea. This is actually stupid.” The memorial was...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • Obama weighs selling U.S. arms to Hanoi in bitter irony for Vietnam veterans

    05/22/2016 7:33:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/22/16 | Dave Boyer
    In a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans, President Obama will discuss selling more U.S. arms to Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam that began Sunday night. Top White House advisers said Mr. Obama hasn’t made a decision whether to lift the partial U.S. embargo on sending military equipment to Vietnam, where more than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration sees advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record...
  • Our Treasonous Secretary of State

    04/26/2016 8:56:04 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 4/26/16 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    John Kerry, our Secretary of State, has been talked about by three former Obama Secretaries of Defense who have expressed grave concerns about the lack of respect displayed by both Kerry and Obama for members of the American military. And Kerry has expressed contempt for American men at arms on more than one occasion. During his run for President, it was Kerry who said young people needed to go to college or remain stupid and go into the military. Such are the views of the self-described “winter soldier;” the treacherous soldier that attempted to throw his brothers in arms under...
  • We Were Winning When He Left

    03/30/2016 6:41:45 PM PDT · by pboyington · 13 replies
    DaleDye.com ^ | March 30, 2016 | Dale Dye
    There’s a VA facility near my home and I pass by it about three times each week on the long runs I use to keep my body from stagnating as I grow older and achier. Seeing our American flag waving from a tall pole near the entrance to the veterans’ complex always puts a little bounce in my step. So I’m chugging by it last week wearing a sweat-stained PT shirt emblazoned with a replica of the Vietnam Service ribbon when a guy limping toward the entrance and leaning on a cane spots me. He smiles, waves and points to...