Vietnam Revisited

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March 25, 2013 Podcast

Raymond A. Schroth, S.J., discusses his article "America at War," which traces the magazine's support for the Vietnam War until an editorial reversal in 1971. Father Schroth served as a young editor at America during some of this time. You can read through a collection of editorials from the period here.

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Charles McNamee
5 years 7 months ago

Re: Why Vietnam? America's Albatross by Archimedes Patti
Everyone should be required to read the above work which was not allowed to be published until 1983. That this happened in this country built and maintained upon the Principle of Freedom of Speech is frightening yet it seems to repeat itself everytime our nation moves to justify initiating a non-declared war.
The Vietnam War began when nationalists sought to remove the oppressive colonization of Indo-China
by the French. Ho Chi Minh led the Vietminh and asked and received tacit support from the USA and FDR during years when Ho's followers were allies with the USA in fighting against the Japanese, who were "given" the country by the French Vichy government, and also helped the USA recover downed and captured US airmen shot down while flyiong the "Hump". The OSS under "Wild" Bill Donovan met with Ho and were asked for copies of the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution since the nationalists wished to set up a government according to the USA plan.
Unfortunately, we chose to assist France to get back on the economic feet by granting them access back to colonial rule as part of our post war "Marshall Plan". The Vietnamese eventually won their war of independence at Dien Bien Phu, but we by those years had developed a total opposition to Communism as a religious crusade, led by "Saints" Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, JFK, Robert McNamarra and others which would last into the 70's at a cost of millions of lives including 58,000 USA service men and women.
Would it have been possible to fight the war in Iraq if we had understood the fatal foreign policy which those men failed to percieve. Why does the USA so frequently consider war a best choice.
Read the book.

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