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.
The invaluable Steve Sherman and Radix Press have launched the second volume of Viet Nam Veterans for Factual History, a digital magazine free to anyone who signs up at the VVFH website (donations of course are always appropriate). Volume 2, Number 1, is given over to the never-ending debate over the Vietnam War: was it a monstrous act of neo-colonialism (the "orthodox" view, especially popular in American universities) or a mismanaged war that could have and should have been won (the "revisionist" argument, advanced most notably by many of the men who fought there). Since I'm familiar with the arguments, I didn't find much that was new in the magazine, until near the end, where Jim Webb eloquently summarizes the betrayal of South Vietnam by the US Congress and wonders how the anti-war protestors of 1973 can look a wounded Vietnam vet in the face. (So eloquent is Mr Webb, indeed, that I promptly ordered a copy of I Heard My Country Calling, a 2014 memoir of his own and his father's service.)
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