Rio de Janeiro in 1964…

            Rio de Janeiro in 1964 remained the de facto seat of the Brazilian government and home to its corps of international diplomats.  Despite the fact that Brasilia, the modernist architectural ghost town erected in the scrublands of the country’s isolated interior was designated Brazil’s new capital in 1960, the foot dragging went on for years before the embassies and the governing bureaucrats … [Read more...]

The Chomsky Thread

The long stream of commentary and observations which follows was prompted by a series of staccato exchanges on email between Professor Noam Chomsky and me, Michael Uhl.  In the first exchange I received some unanticipated support from Chomsky about my critique of Nick Turse's book, Kill Anything That Moves.  But it is the second exchange that I would really wish to bring to the attention of a larger, albeit highly … [Read more...]

2 Poetic Remembrances of 911

1. September 11, 2013, Twelve Years After Twelve, a most significant number Twelve Jacobian elliptic functions and twelve cubic distance-transitive graphs Twelve items in a dozen and a dozen dozens in a gross Twelve cranial nerves in the human body Twelve hours in the a.m. and twelve in the p.m. Twelve days of Christmas and twelve months in a year Twelve signs in both the Western and Chinese … [Read more...]

The Problematic: Penny Lewis Repairs Some Misconceptions About the Vietnam War

Lewis book cover FET

The Vietnam War seems to be drawing attention increasingly from researchers born during or after the tumultuous decade in which that deadly drama played out.  One sees mostly this generation’s higher profile works, like Fredrik Logevall’s Embers of War; The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History, and Nick Turse's Kill Anything That Moves: The Real … [Read more...]

An Enfant Terrible Stumbles Upon the Vietnam War: A Review of Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves

"...the most unjust war ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation.”  Ulysses S. Grant (speaking of the Mexican War) Comes now Nick Turse, forty years after the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, with Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, a compendious retelling of the horrors once inflicted by the United States of America against a tiny South East Asian adversary and its entire … [Read more...]

A Clipping File of Veteran War Crimes Testimony Circa 1969-1971

            I have listed below more than ninety articles dating from the revelation of the My Lai massacre in late1969 until the fall of 1971 in which American war veterans presented compelling, eyewitness testimony on the “true nature of the Vietnam War.”  Over and over in these accounts the veterans charged that Vietnamese civilians were routinely subjected to atrocities that resulted from policies … [Read more...]