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JFK and the Diem Coup

JFK TAPE DETAILS HIGH-LEVEL VIETNAM COUP PLOTTING IN 1963;DOCUMENTS SHOW NO THOUGHT OF DIEM ASSASSINATION;U.S. OVERESTIMATED INFLUENCE ON SAIGON GENERALS.

Another Vietnam?

 Ever since the mid-1970s, critics of American military involvement have warned that any decision to deploy armed forces abroad -- in Lebanon and El Salvador in the 1980s, in Kuwait, Somalia, and Kosovo in the 1990s, and more recently in Iraq and Afghanistan -- would result in "another Vietnam." Conversely, supporters of those interventions have adamantly resisted any Vietnam comparisons.

Heroic Allies

It is not surprising that American troops sent to Southeast Asia -- mostly young, indifferently educated, and molded by a society with too much self-esteem and too little understanding of other cultures -- found it hard to empathize with South Vietnam's soldiers.

VNAF and the Air War in North Vietnam

This story is based on information derived from my memory, a participant in this historic flight.  However, my intent is not to discuss the details of this first Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF) interdiction mission in North Vietnam after the Gulf of Tonkin incident.  Rather, it is brought up as a premise to discuss the question concerning the limited participation, and the subsequent total exclusion of the VNAF from the air war over North Vietnam.

Realpolitik in the Vietnam War

The fall of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN aka South Vietnam) on April 30, 1975 was not because of its Armed Forces unwillingness to fight or solely because of its government’s corruption.  It was complex global politics and trade agreement superbly orchestrated between the superpowers, the United States (U.S.), the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Soviet Union.  Sadly, the RVN was at the wrong place at the wrong time!!  

History of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces

History of the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces

The Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces 1968-1975

The Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces 1968-1975

Vietnamese Communist Party's 50 years of crimes

Vietnamese Communist Party's 50 years of crimes

Our Veterans’ Propaganda Battle

On this Vietnam Veterans' Day today, soldiers of the Vietnam War are less misunderstood, but not the war itself.

In memory of Tet 1968

The following article is taken by Mr. Tran Thong from Viet-Nam Bulletin, "In memory of Hue, Tet 1968", April 1970. Viet-Nam Bulletin, which was a publication from the Embassy of the Republic of Viet Nam, Washington DC, USA.

Massacre At Hue

Most people heard of My Lai atrocity, but a few would know of Hue massacre. Today some Hanoi's sympathyzers have even tried to whitewash the war crime by saying the Hue massacre never happened. It sounds just like the neo-nazis saying the Holocaust is a myth. The two following articles will offer you a better perspective.

Hue, Mass Murder, Mass Burial

The following article is taken by Mr. Tran Thong from Viet-Nam Bulletin, "In memory of Hue, Tet 1968", April 1970. Viet-Nam Bulletin, which was a publication from the Embassy of the Republic of Viet Nam, Washington DC, USA.

The Vietnam War: A History To Be Rewitten

The Western world often had an erroneous view of Vietnam's recent history. This was understandable because the heinously criminal acts of the current communist regime in Hanoi had not been fully revealed. Would all Stalin's crimes and the truth about USSR and the East European countries be known if there weren't a process of " destalinization " since 1953 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 ? We had a Nuremberg trial for the Nazis, but still no Nuremberg for Stalinism, and when can we have a Nuremberg for the Hanoi regime?

The Lies of Tet

On January 30, 1968, more than a quarter million North Vietnamese soldiers and 100,000 Viet Cong irregulars launched a massive attack on South Vietnam. But the public didn't hear about who had won this most decisive battle of the Vietnam War, the so-called Tet offensive, until much too late.

Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

Introduction from Peace and Freedom: So that no one concludes that the following essay is some form of shameful self promotion, these are the facts: Hoi Tran and I have never met. We are, as many are today, email and internet “friends.” Hoi and I did not work on this together, even though we share the same causes. In fact, I was unaware of Hoi’s great interest until he sent us the text below.

Two Different Wars - One Destructive Parallel

Hoi Tran, refugee from North Vietnam after the 1954 partition, became a South Vietnam Air Force fighter pilot, flying thousands of missions, his last to escape in 1975 to the U.S. Hoi Tran blogs at VietAmericanVets. He is the author of this guest post below.

Why Democrats dread hearing the V-word Vietnam: - A lesson in fouling up the endgame

Why did he do it? Why conjure up unquiet ghosts? Why now? Vietnam is not only, as President Bush rather flatly put it, “a complex and painful subject” for Americans. The V-word is lodged in folk memory as an unwinnable war that America should never have fought, that wasted blood and treasure, and that, most woundingly, bitterly split the nation.

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