Category Archives: Viet Cong

The turning point: 1968

President Johnson reviews reports from Khe Sanh in the White House situation room “It was February 5, 1968, and Washington Star reporter Jack Horner had an angry President Lyndon Johnson on the phone. Johnson liked Horner and was willing to … Continue reading

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Why Vietnam Was Unwinnable

An American paratrooper sergeant shouts orders to his squad as they charge brushline while subject to sniper fire in Vietnam on June 1, 1965. “While I was working for the Pentagon in the early 2000s, wounded veterans from Iraq and … Continue reading

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Year of the Mad Bomber

“Throughout much of 1968, Sam Melville, an unemployed 34-year-old with an estranged wife and 5-year-old son, frequently sat at his desk in a squalid apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, contemplating how he could destroy America. Smoking a … Continue reading

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Buddhist crisis

“The Buddhist crisis (Vietnamese: Biến cố Phật giáo) was a period of political and religious tension in South Vietnam between May and November 1963, characterized by a series of repressive acts by the South Vietnamese government and a campaign of … Continue reading

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Sihanouk Trail

Map of the Communist forces in South Vietnam, 1964, showing areas controlled by the Viet Cong and the Ho Chi Minh trail that brought reinforcements from the North. “The Sihanouk Trail was a logistical supply system in Cambodia used by … Continue reading

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Credibility gap

“Credibility gap is a term that came into wide use with journalism, political and public discourse in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. At the time, it was most frequently used to describe public skepticism about the Lyndon … Continue reading

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Vietnam War – Khan Academy

“… In order to have a respectable understanding of the Vietnam War, we have to rewind all the way back to the late 1800s when France was colonizing Southeast Asia. And in particular, it colonized what is now Laos, Vietnam, … Continue reading

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