From Ellsberg to Assange: The Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks
Editor’s Note: This is Phil Jennings’ speech to students at Texas Tech University, March 12, 2011. There is no shortage of books and articles chronicling the sometimes abysmal main stream media coverage of the Viet Nam War. To be more | Read More »
An Open Letter to the House Armed Services Committee
With respect to the Viet Nam War Commemorative event(s), perhaps I’m missing something. Is it supposed to be secret? A big surprise for those Viet Nam Vets still alive when someone in DC gets around to planning and announcing it? | Read More »
An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Gates
Dear Secretary of Defense Gates: You have a great opportunity to right a long-standing wrong against the veterans of the Vietnam War with the Vietnam War Commemoration event which I understand is being planned. These Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen | Read More »
The Anti-War Movement aka Cowards United
From 1965 to 1973, if anything received more press than the War in Vietnam, it was the Anti-War Movement. In the public mind, the anti-war movement could be rolled into that violent juggernaut of social unrest that seemed to tear | Read More »
Why Does Jon Meacham Hate Senator Kerry?
Reading the Newsweek Editor’s (July 16, 2010) essay on a potential “Fulbright moment” for Senator Kerry gave me pause. Although the thrust of the article was a call for a Senate Foreign Relations Committee public review of our policy in | Read More »
Why Vietnam Truth Matters
“In my rush to finish my statement in five minutes, I may have left out the fact that Vietnam is one nation today.” So spoke Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on July 16, regarding her 5 Minute Special Order on July | Read More »
The immediate consequence of America’s dithering, half-hearted acquiescence to the demise of the Diem government was increased instability throughout South Vietnam. Over the next few years (1963 to 1965), there were nine different governments. Plotting and executing coups seemed to | Read More »
Oh, Come On, Were The Commies Really That Bad?
That, in a phrase, was the underlying assumption of much of the anti-war Left. It’s a pretty awful assumption. The short answer is yes, they were that bad if you were a member of the clergy, or a landowner, or | Read More »
Rolling (the Vietnam) Stone Forward
So General McChrystal is now the latest victim of forgetting that the press is rarely your friend. It could be argued, and has been, that he received what he deserved, and the response to his poor judgment is a rare | Read More »
Not Always a Hero
In the spring of 1966, I was a First Lieutenant in the Marines, flying UH-34 helicopters out of Ky Ha, South Viet Nam. One evening at dusk the squadron got a call that a Marine company found itself surrounded, had | Read More »
Laos: Firefly 16 Down, Hot Zone Rescue
On July 9, 1968, a flight of six Air America helicopters were tasked to insert Chinese Nung mercenaries into a site in far northern Laos to interdict the North Vietnamese troops coming down the Trail. I was flying as co-Captain | Read More »
History of Vietnam War for People with Attention Deficit Disorder
1954—South Vietnam becomes independent state, “granted” by Geneva Convention, which they did not attend; Diem appointed Prime Minister by Emperor Bao Dai. Ho Chi Minh grabs North Viet Nam for himself, a gift from the Japanese who ‘owned’ it briefly | Read More »
Will Congress Lose Afghanistan Like It Lost Vietnam?
A Marine father’s letter to his Marine Afghanistan-bound son.