Category Archives: Laos

The Story of the Tet Offensive

“At the end of January, the media will commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal moments: the Tet Offensive. On January 30, 1968, the combined forces of the Viet Cong, the People’s Liberation Armed Forces … Continue reading

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The Snake-Eaters and the Yards

An American officer sits with a group of Montagnards in a military camp in central Vietnam in 1962. “In 1965, syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak used a frontier metaphor to describe the American Special Forces’ advisory role with … Continue reading

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Did America Commit War Crimes in Vietnam?

Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, center, participating in a tribunal that determined the United States had violated human rights and international law in Vietnam. “On Dec. 1, 1967, the last day of the International War Crimes Tribunal’s second session, … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of the Antiwar Movement

Antiwar demonstrators in Washington in October, 1967. “The Vietnam antiwar movement, famous for its sound and fury, deserves credit for more. We were the first mass movement against a war in American history and one of its great moral crusades, … Continue reading

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The Laotian Fragments – John Clark Pratt (1974)

John Clark Pratt: “After my long, long year (1969-70) at war (first in Vietnam, then in Thailand flying combat missions into Laos and writing official Air Force histories about the ‘secret war’), I vowed to put the experience behind me. … Continue reading

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The War of Leaks

Lyndon Johnson with Dean Rusk at the White House in 1967. “Leaks have been in the news a lot lately, but unauthorized disclosures of secret information have long been a staple of Washington politics and journalism — including during the … Continue reading

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Hồ Chí Minh Trail

“The Hồ Chí Minh trail (also known in Vietnam as the ‘Trường Sơn trail’) was a logistical system that ran from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) through the kingdoms of Laos … Continue reading

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