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Vietnam Revisited: The Myths of the War
In 1971, the New York Times published the so-called "Pentagon Papers" -- excerpts from a government study called "History of the U.S.
Decision-Making Process of Vietnam Policy." Today, thirty years later, a
debate still rages about what those documents revealed. Did the government
lie about the purpose and extent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam? Did
meddling by U.S. politicians hamstring the American military and turn
victory into defeat? Were American soldiers really scorned and spat upon by
anti-war activists as they returned home? Was the "domino theory," which
served as a partial rationale for the conflict, simply wrong?
In the American consciousness, Vietnam has become synonymous with pointless and unwinnable war. But some say Americans may not fully appreciate the struggle in Vietnam within the larger conflict of a forty-five year Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.
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Vietnam veteran and author of "A Better War, the Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of Americaís Last Years in Vietnam"
Vietnam veteran and author of "After TET, the Bloodiest Year in Vietnam."
Originally Aired: 9/15/2001
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