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A Long Way to Go for Dinner
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A Long Way to Go for Dinner
March 3, 2019

President Donald Trump’s air trip to Vietnam cost taxpayers $5,695,000 just for the president’s flying Taj Mahal. Plus millions more for his retainers, the presidential limo, hotel rooms, meals, security details and only Ho Chi Minh knows what else. For what? A nice photo op and a cheery dinner for the two leaders in Hanoi.

The Tip of the Iceberg: My Lai Fifty Years On
March 18, 2018

On March 17th, 1968, The New York Times ran a brief front page lede headed, “G.I.s’ in Pincer Movement Kill 128 in Daylong Battle;” the action took place the previous day roughly eight miles from Quang Ngai City, a provincial capital in the northern coastal quadrant of South Vietnam.

The Tip of the Iceberg: My Lai Fifty Years On
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A Look at ‘Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam’, by Nick Turse
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A Look at ‘Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam’, by Nick Turse
November 28, 2017

Though Turse notes that he reports only a “fraction” of documented atrocities committed by US forces in Vietnam, reading through the two central atrocity chapters (4 and 5) still becomes a disorienting, brutal, and then numbing slog. For the sake of reference and sanity, there could have been more organization to delineate specific categories of crimes in these sections. However, an argument in favor of Turse’s choice might be that to become familiar with this material requires an element of the insane.

The Vietnam Nightmare – Again
October 1, 2017

Much of America, including yours truly, has been watching the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, ‘Vietnam.’  Instead of clarifying that confusing conflict, the series has ignited fiery controversy and a lot of long-repressed anger by soft-soaping Washington’s motives.

The Vietnam Nightmare – Again
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Always Planning Never Winning: While US Wins Some Battles, Insurgents Win the Wars
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Always Planning Never Winning: While US Wins Some Battles, Insurgents Win the Wars
September 1, 2017

General John F Campbell, commander of all foreign forces in Afghanistan 2014-2016, said in a speech in Kabul on December 28, 2014 that «The insurgents are losing, they’re desperate». But they weren’t and they aren’t.

With an Eye on China, US-Vietnam Float Closer Together
August 18, 2017

In a sign of enhanced strategic ties, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, a naval visit that will herald deeper and stronger bilateral cooperation in the South China Sea vis-à-vis China.

With an Eye on China, US-Vietnam Float Closer Together
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Holier-Than-Thou: How US Mainstream Media Rebuke Foreign Leaders
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Holier-Than-Thou: How US Mainstream Media Rebuke Foreign Leaders
May 12, 2017

In the week of World Press Freedom Day the New York Times carried one of its holier-than-thou and unintentionally ironical editorials, this time titled «Donald Trump Embraces Another Despot». Seeing the headline, the world could be forgiven for asking which one it might be, this time, and eventually the Editorial Board revealed the target of their displeasure to be President Duterte of the Philippines, an unpleasant morsel of filth who had just been invited to visit the United States by President Donald Trump, who is also an unpleasant morsel of filth…

America’s Ready Supply of Enemies
May 8, 2017

The U.S. political process seems to rely on a steady supply of foreign “enemies” to hate, but sometimes politicians overcome hostilities and talk out differences, which remains the hope for the North Korean standoff, says Ann Wright.

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