This is an essay I felt compelled to write about a US American study abroad program to Viet Nam that reinforces and indeed celebrates US nationalism. It is a textbook example of how not to structure such a program. The country of Viet Nam is but a sideshow, a prop that enables students and veterans to … Continue reading A “Patriotic” Education Study Abroad Program in Viet Nam: God Bless America, Right or Wrong!
Let's say you were a sniper in Iraq, and you had 20 confirmed kills. Years later, you realize the entire war was a Lie because Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with September 11th and Iraq never had any weapons of mass destruction and the U.S. Government knew it all along. So, as an American … Continue reading Political Incest
This 17 August 2018 CounterPunch article is the third in a trilogy. Here are the first and second articles. This should be my last word about this sad story. Pardon the nasty military metaphor but it's not nearly as nasty as some of the quotes from "one of the most influential figures in the US-Viet Nam relationship you’ve never heard … Continue reading “More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops Rhetorical Bombshells”
July 25, 1968: Oh, my God. How hateful the war is. And the more hate, the more the devils are eager to fight. Why do they enjoy shooting and killing good people like us? How can they have the heart to kill all those youngsters who love life, who are struggling and living for so … Continue reading Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Đặng Thùy Trâm
I can assure you that whoever created the original marketing and promotion campaign for Vinhomes West Point (2nd image) did not receive an Employee of the Month award. I noticed this on Facebook and wondered how long it would last. It was a lame attempt at honor and prestige by association by comparing the United States … Continue reading West Point in Viet Nam?
Below is a review of Max Boot's book about Edward Lansdale by Thomas A. Bass that appeared in the May 2018 issue the Mekong Review. In case you don't know who Max Boot, check out this Wikipedia entry. He is one of the resident US nationalists at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Bass describes … Continue reading Lansdale’s Ghost
The open letter below, an initiative of Veterans For Peace (VFP), is further proof that the US has yet to overcome its participation in the American War in Viet Nam ("Vietnam War") in the spirit of Vergangenheitsbewältigung, a German term that means the "struggle to overcome the [negatives of the] past". VFP is "an international … Continue reading An Open Letter to the People of Viet Nam