Welcome to the Annals of Vietnam, a collection of articles, reviews, and
images dealing with America's misadventures south and north of the 17th
parallel. I have a particular interest in the early years, because that's
when I was there as a reporter for the left-liberal magazine, The
Nation, which was so financially strapped that it would even publish
reports even from a Republican like me.
Ken Burns is still living off the success of his magnificent Civil War series.
Unlike everyone else, I haven't been impressed by his more recent epics,
but I will be watching this one: starting in September he turns his considerable
talent to the Vietnam War. Of course it will be an elegy to a "lost war,"
though how one loses a war when one has no combat troops in the country is
still a mystery to me. But I suppose the Good People were so invested in the
notion that it was an evil war that they couldn't (and still can't) envision
any other ending to it than the one they wanted, with the US clinging to the
skids of a Huey helicopter as it pulls out of Saigon.
Blue skies! -- Dan Ford