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A Long Time ago in the Nam

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Log In - New York Times. Origins of the American War in Vietnam: The OSS Role in Saigon in 1945. A. Peter Dewey, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army. INDO-CHINA REBELS KILL U.S.

A. Peter Dewey, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

OFFICERSlay Lieutenant Colonel A. Peter Dewey From AmbushBritish Arrest Commander of Japanese SAIGON, French Indo China, September 26, 1945 Lieutenant Colonel A. Peter Dewey of Washington, D.C. was killed and Captain Joseph Coolidge of New Hampshire was seriously wounded by Annamese in disorders today. Other American officers, defending United States headquarters from a siege of three hours, killed at least eight natives.

British, French and Japanese also suffered casualties in a series of incidents. Colonel Dewey was the senior American officer for the Office of Strategic Services in Saigon and was returning from a visit to Captain Coolidge in a nearby hospital to his headquarters in a suburban mansion when he was killed. He was driving a jeep with Major Herbert Bluechel, former movie chain operator of San Francisco and San Anselmo, California. Lost Battles of the Vietnam War. One theme presented by supporters of the American empire is the U.S. military is invincible and can never lose unless stabbed in the back by impatient politicians.

Lost Battles of the Vietnam War

They claim the U.S. military never lost a battle during the entire Vietnam war. On August 30, 2011, President Barack Obama proclaimedto a gathering of veterans: "But let it be remembered that you won every major battle of that war. Every single one. " Vietnam vet Senator John McCain repeated this lie in a 2013 article in the "Wall Street Journal. " Fort Ho Chi Minh Opens, Hosts Reactivated 23rd Americal. THE PENTAGON — A Department of Defense spokesman announced this week that the Army will be reactivating the 23rd Americal Division, most famous for its role in the Vietnam War.

Fort Ho Chi Minh Opens, Hosts Reactivated 23rd Americal

The division will be stationed at Fort Ho Chi Minh, currently under construction near Jackson, Miss. Nixon, Kissinger, and the Madman Strategy during Vietnam War. Nixon Wanted the "Other Side" to Think He and Kissinger "Might be Crazy"; Signalled Moscow and Hanoi By Pushing "So Many Chips in the Pot" to Suggest He "Might Really Go Further" Even to Nuclear Use New Book Discloses Top Secret Consideration by Nixon White House of Nuclear Options against North Vietnam in September 1969 White House Ordered Secret Mining Exercises as Threat Signal, Later Uncovered by Walter Pincus When He Was a Senate Investigator Posted - May 29, 2015 By William Burr and Jeffrey P.

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Madman Strategy during Vietnam War

Kimball William is Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive, where he directs the Archives nuclear history documentation project. For more information, contact: William Burr at 202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu Jeffrey Kimball at 513/523-3640 or jpkimball@miamioh.edu. The Wars on Vietnam. Following the victory of the Vietnamese people over the U.S. empire and its allies on April 29/30, 1975, elites in the U.S. those who operate within the armed weapon and executive committee of the ruling class that is government, moved quickly to (1) recapture the economy, wrecked by years of warfare; (2) exercise authority over the schools, often up in flames of fire and critique; (3) dominate the military, riddled with desertions, refusals, and shot-up, fragged, officers; (4) retake the culture–to eradicate the Vietnam Syndrome, the memory of the loss as well as the why, who, when, where, and what of the war: especially the Why?

The Wars on Vietnam

The “How’s” are gone too. In my searches, the journalists’ “W’s” are missing or frothed over. More on that later. Let’s turn to the high-water mark of liberal critique. The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war. It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit.

The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology: How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war

Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said, It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause… We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt as if we were doing something shameful. Reagan’s letting-down-the-troops angle was a brilliant rhetorical tactic. According to the story he and his fellow conservatives told, the only problem with the Vietnam War was that we hadn’t “let the soldiers win it.” By the time he took office, Reagan’s conscience-free take on the war had gained traction among a public eager for easy absolution and a restoration of America’s “standing in the world.”

The alternate-reality conservative narrative of those times needs to be confronted and challenged. Vietnam Full Disclosure: Toward an Honest Commemoration of the American War in Vietnam. The Wall. I knew two of the men whose names are engraved on the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

The Wall

The first, Artie Klippen, I saw a lot of that season in ‘63 when we both played Lacrosse at Georgetown. We had one of those anarchic undergraduate arrangements where we briefly shared a car, a beat-up old Chevy with the gear shift on the steering column. Compared to so many guys at that age who are callow and two-faced, Artie was a straight-up, warm and friendly guy, qualities that make him to continue to stand out in my memory, even though we never got to know each other well. After that year, I seldom saw Artie again. I had been in Brazil all of ‘64, but came back with too few credits to graduate with my class in ‘65, the year Artie did. I read somewhere that the odds to survive a tour in Nam were a thousand to one. I don’t recall how Artie died exactly. The other young man I knew whose name is on the Wall, wasn’t even close to being a hero.

Theconversation. The Geopolitics of the Vietnam War. Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again. It’s been nearly 40 years since what the American media called “The Fall of Saigon” and the Vietnamese referred to as the Liberation.

Voices From The Ghosts of Vietnam Are Being Heard Again

I saw it then as the Fall of Washington. The ghosts of Vietnam are back, thanks to two filmmakers with very different takes. The first is Rory Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy’s youngest daughter. Her one-sided account has already been nominated for an Oscar. “Last Days in Vietnam”: Is the humiliation of 1975 about to be repeated? In Memoriam: Vo Nguyen Giap, Admitted US 'Almost Won' Vietnam War In 1975. HANOI, VIETNAM – Former Vietnamese general and perennial Democratic presidential candidate Vo Nguyen Giap died this morning at his home in Hanoi.

In Memoriam: Vo Nguyen Giap, Admitted US 'Almost Won' Vietnam War In 1975

He was 102. In Washington, flags were ordered to fly at half-mast for the soldier Henry Kissinger once credited as “the man who single-handedly got the U.S. out of the Vietnam War.” Several leading Congressional representatives, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), held a moment of silence on Capitol Hill for the fallen soldier. Giap was technically a constituent of hers, having been made an honorary citizen of San Francisco in 1968. Pelosi has already sponsored a resolution to have Giap’s name added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Nixon’s Vietnam Treason. Richard Nixon was a traitor.

Nixon’s Vietnam Treason

The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson. Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation. THE DIEM COUP AFTER 50 YEARS. Washington, D.C., November 1, 2013 – Continued investigation of the presidency of John F. Kennedy further strengthens the view that the origins of U.S. support for the coup which overthrew South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem 50 years ago today traces directly to President Kennedy, not to a "cabal" of top officials in his administration.

Forked-Tongue Warriors. Wedged between a rack of 99-cent Cheetos and a display of pork rinds stood a life-sized cardboard cutout of a buxom blond in a red miniskirt. Resting on her inner thigh was a frosty bottle of Miller Genuine Draft. "That's essentially what wedo," an army major remarked, pointing to the stiletto-heeled eye-catcher. "But we don't sell beer. " The scene was a recruitment barbecue conducted by the U.S. Army's 11th Psychological Operations Battalion ("Psy-ops," for short), held last month at Andrews Air Force Base, outside of Washington, D.C. Part ad men and part ethnographers, these specialists, some of whom are just back from Afghanistan, are dispatched regularly to front lines in the Middle East for hearts-and-minds campaigns aimed at undercutting the enemy's military morale and winning over civilian support.

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