Articles by jjennings

Phillip Jennings served in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps, flying helicopters, and in Laos as a pilot for Air America. He is the author of the critically acclaimed comic novels "Nam-A-Rama" and "Goodbye Mexico", and won the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society first prize for fiction with his short story, "Train Wreck in a Small Town." A successful entrepreneur, he is currently CEO of Molecular Resonance Corporation, which is developing technology to detect and disarm Improvised Explosive Devices. He lives with his family near Seattle, Washington.

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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...

jjennings March 15, 2011

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...

jjennings October 12, 2010

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...

jjennings October 5, 2010

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...

jjennings September 14, 2010

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...

jjennings August 24, 2010

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...

jjennings July 27, 2010

LBJ's War

The immediate consequence of America’s dithering, half-hearted acquiescence to the demise of the Diem...

jjennings July 20, 2010

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...

jjennings July 13, 2010

Rolling (the Vietnam) Stone Forward

So General McChrystal is now the latest victim of forgetting that the press is rarely your friend. It could...

jjennings June 29, 2010

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...

jjennings April 27, 2010

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...

jjennings March 30, 2010

History of Vietnam War for People with Attention Deficit Disorder

1954—South Vietnam becomes independent state, “granted” by Geneva Convention, which they...

jjennings March 23, 2010

Will Congress Lose Afghanistan Like It Lost Vietnam?

A Marine father’s letter to his Marine Afghanistan-bound son.

jjennings March 16, 2010