Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
The Full Disclosure Campaign represents a clear alternative to the Department of Defense’s current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.
Now the Pentagon — run by a Vietnam veteran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — is planning a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War. The effort, which is expected to cost taxpayers nearly $15 million by the end of this fiscal year, is intended to honor veterans and, its website says, “provide the American public with historically accurate materials” suitable for use in schools. But the extensive website, which has been up for months, largely describes a war of valor and honor that would be unrecognizable to many of the Americans who fought in and against it. (NYT, “Paying Respects, Pentagon Revives Vietnam, and War Over Truth”)
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Jabbar Magruder of Iraq Veterans Against the WarMinneapolis-St. Paul, August 2008.
at anti-war demonstration in
Photograph by Mike Hastie, Army Medic Vietnam.
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