Regions / Vietnam
When it comes to Vietnam and China, the frenemy of our frenemy is an even closer frenemy.
This article examines the efforts of the U.S. government to deny the storage of Agent Orange on the Okinawa military base during the Vietnam War and the U.S. veterans, and their family members, whose health has been permanently damaged by exposure to the chemicals during the 1960s and 70s.
For several decades following the Vietnam War U.S. leaders were obsessed with viewing military campaigns through the Vietnam prism, however, the war in Afghanistan indicates that the Obama Administration did not learn the correct lessons from Vietnam and our government no longer views U.S. foreign policy from the perspective of the Vietnam syndrome anymore.
According to Gingrich's logic, North Vietnam would have been justified in attacking the United States.
The Pentagon's increasingly unconvincing denials that Agent Orange was stored on Okinawa prevents veterans from receiving the medical care that they desperately need.
U.S. support for dictators is nothing new, of course.
The idea that Martin Luther King, Jr. would bless our presence in Afghanistan is an insult to his memory.
Vang Pao's passing reminds us how U.S. enables drug dealing as means to foreign-policy ends.
The United States bombed Cambodia and supported the Khmer Rouge after its fall from power. Why are Washington and the mainstream media ignoring this complicity?
Agribusiness, an industry that found a way to profit during the Vietnam War, is emerging as a beneficiary of U.S. post-conflict policies in the Middle East as well.