The Battle Still Rages Over What Vietnam Means: Individual Honor or Unpleasant History?


"The experience we have of our lives from within, the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in order to account for what we are doing, is thus a lie -- the truth lies rather outside, in what we do." Slavoj Zizek Soldiers and veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan and other wars are killing themselves, according to Sixty Minutes, at a rate of 22-a-day. For any fair-minded person whose mind is not locked into a dehumanized … [Read more...]

COMMEMORATE THIS! A Short Comedy on History and the Vietnam War

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Backyard Productions presents COMMEMORATE THIS! A short comedy on history and the Vietnam War (To watch the film, click on the title above) In 2008, Congress created a 13-year, $5-million-per-year propaganda project to clean up the image of the Vietnam War. It's called The Vietnam War Commemoration Project and it focuses on issues of individual honor and bravery. It avoids the controversial historical and moral issues … [Read more...]

My Awakening: Tap An Bac, Quang Ngai, Vietnam, March 15, 1969

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By Billy Kelly I am probably the only American alive who knows this hamlet's name. On March 15, 1969, I was involved in an all-day battle in this very area—mercifully, the only one of my brief military career. The combat took place within a two-kilometer by four-kilometer area. I remember the name because I received a few citations with this hamlet's name printed on them, and the date of the action was noted. I was … [Read more...]

Thank You For Your Service

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Over the past decade or so, it’s become quite the fashion, when people learn that I once served in the Marines, to say to me, “Thank you for your service.”  I’m sure they mean well, but I wish they would take just a moment to reflect on what they are saying. I went halfway around the world to a place called Vietnam, where I killed, maimed, brutalized and made miserable a people who had never done me or my … [Read more...]

STILL WAITIN’ – Vietnam Vets Muse on the Pentagon Plan to Clean Up the Vietnam War

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STILL WAITIN' - A short video produced by: The Vietnam War Commemoration CORRECTION Project You-Tube link: The pentagon's Vietnam War Commemoration Project was funded by Congress to the tune of $5 millions a year for the next1 13 years. That's $125 million of our tax dollars to fund events designed by "patriotic" local organizations to clean up the … [Read more...]

Covering Up Debacles: The Sandusky Affair and the Vietnam War

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Life is overflowing with metaphorical material. Maneuvering through reality is a constant dialogue and negotiation between what’s inside our heads and what’s going on outside in the chaotic flow of what is. We understand what's outside by comparing it with what's inside. This is true whether or not the average anti-intellectual Joe Sixpack or Joe the Plumber recognizes it or not. In fact, those who don't understand … [Read more...]