Tag Archives: Vietnam

Looking in The Mirror: How the US Only Sees Itself in Its Putin Propaganda

by Dr. Bill Wedin Yes.  In the famous words of Pogo: “We have met the enemy.  And he is us.” That’s how paranoia works.  We project onto a feared “other” our own unacceptable desires.  In Putin’s case, it’s our unacceptable … Continue reading

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Hilary Putnam: compassion and questioning as a guide to life

[Editor’s note: Mathematician and philosopher Hilary Putnam died last month. Dr. Putnam was an open critic of the Vietnam war. His fields of knowledge so wide ranging and eclectic, they deserve an obituary equally so. Below is Alan Gilbert’s essay … Continue reading

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Maya Lin: Separating Grief from Glory

by Joe Scarry Maya Lin’s Design Sketch for Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1981. (More images here.) The post I intended to write was a riff on something I read in The Concise Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone … Continue reading

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War “Hero” John Kerry is an Ass

by jay janson During the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate, earlier this week,  millions of simple-minded Americans listened to the now time worn touting of various candidates as heroes, for having “fought for their country in Vietnam.” Here is what former … Continue reading

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USA Celebrates Profitable Genocide 1776 Enslaving Africans to 2015 Destroying 6 Muslim Nations!

by jay janson Independence Holiday in the USA becomes a time when citizens tend to reflect on the nations two hundred and thirty-eight year history. It is a history typical of six European empires in the areas of genocide and … Continue reading

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Military Advisers to Iraq: What Could Go Wrong?

by Joe Scarry One word: Vietnam. “U.S. Adviser Planning Operations with South Vietnamese Troops”  From The U.S. Army in Vietnam: Background, Buildup, and Operations, 1950-1967 Isn’t “adviser” just another word for “pre-escalation”? For the full 1963 Bobbie Lou Pendergrass letter to … Continue reading

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“Military Advisers” – The Third Rail of US Engagement in SE Asia

by Joe Scarry Hail the conquering hero! Barack Obama returns to the U.S. following the final leg of his Asia tour, to headlines announcing: “U.S., Philippines accord to allow greater American military presence” This probably “smells like victory” to an … Continue reading

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