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The US seeks to enlist an old communist foe against China
China, USA, Vietnam

The US seeks to enlist an old communist foe against China

Will Vietnam, having suffered immensely at American hands decades ago, tilt towards Washington? By Timur Fomenko, a political analyst U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong under a large statue of late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh at Communist Party of Vietnam Headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday, April 15, 2023. ©  AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool Shunned and shut out from China, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently visited Hanoi, Vietnam. Here, the US is courting a country which it once bombed with millions of tons of napalm, leading to a wholesale loss of innocent lives. Now, of course, its tune has changed in a bid to shore up its ‘Indo-Paci...
Covert Operations In Vietnam: The Incomplete History of US-Norway Collaboration. Before Nord Stream Sabotage
USA, Vietnam

Covert Operations In Vietnam: The Incomplete History of US-Norway Collaboration. Before Nord Stream Sabotage

 By: Fabio G. C. Carisio https://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=https://www.veteranstoday.com/2023/03/04/covert-operations-in-vietnam-the-incomplete-history-of-us-norway-collaboration/&layout=button_count&show_faces=false&width=105&action=like&colorscheme=light&height=21 On the cover image a Norwegian ship  Why Norway? In Seymour Hersh’s account of the Biden Administration’s decision to destroy the Nord Stream pipelines, why did much of the secret planning and training for the operation take place in Norway? And why were highly skilled seamen and technicians from the Norwegian Navy involved? These questions have been put forward by Pulitzer winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his “From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Balti...
Militancy for an Existential Cause: Environmental Protection in Vietnam
Environment, Vietnam

Militancy for an Existential Cause: Environmental Protection in Vietnam

BY MARK ASHWILL Photo taken at the Golf Valley lagoon, which drains into Xuan Huong Lak. Photo: Paul Olivier. While most people use Facebook, the third most popular website in Vietnam, to post photos of themselves and their exploits, often depicting an idealized reality, there is an expat in Dalat in the Central Highlands who uses it for an entirely different, more meaningful, and less glamorous purpose. He has posted thousands of photos of what he calls Dirty Dalat, liberally sprinkled with warnings about climate change, the use of pesticides and antibiotics in farm animals, and memes such as “Humans are true weapons of mass destruction,” which most of his posts confirm. The content is not fun, entertaining, or amusing; no hearts or laughing emojis. But it is important, real...
Beyond Vietnam and Into Today
USA, Vietnam

Beyond Vietnam and Into Today

BY MATTHEW HOH Martin Luther King, Jr., giving his speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence at Riverside Church in NYC, April 4, 1967. A year to the day before his assassination, Martin Luther King publicly and decisively denounced not only the US war in Vietnam but the militarism that enabled the war and undermined American society. King’s Beyond Vietnam sermon, delivered on April 4, 1967, at New York’s Riverside Church, was as predictive as it was powerful and prophetic. Its meaning and value exist today as much as they did nearly 55 years ago. King rightfully tied together the overarching and commanding militarism of the US with the economic, societal and cultural demons plaguing America. Much as President Dwight Eisenhower had done in his farewell&nbs...
A Very Long War
Afghanistan, USA, Vietnam

A Very Long War

BY ANDREW BACEVICH Cam Ranh Bay in 1969. Photograph Source: Sknowlton2 – CC BY-SA 4.0 In the long and storied history of the United States Army, many young officers have served in many war zones. Few, I suspect, were as sublimely ignorant as I was in the summer of 1970 upon my arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in the Republic of Vietnam. Granted, during the years of schooling that preceded my deployment there, I had amassed all sorts of facts, some of them at least marginally relevant to the matter at hand. Yet despite the earnest efforts of some excellent teachers, I had managed to avoid acquiring anything that could be dignified with the term education. Now, however haltingly, that began to change. A year later, when my tour of duty ended, I carried home from Vietnam the barest ...
The Latest Chapter in Vietnam’s Valiant Battle Against the Delta Variant
USA, Vietnam

The Latest Chapter in Vietnam’s Valiant Battle Against the Delta Variant

BY MARK ASHWILL Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi during the lockdown. Photo: Mark Ashwill. The hectic, sun-drenched streets of the capital have fallen silentIn the middle of the dayThe empty parks surrounded by yellow ribbons that exclaim,Keep out!Shuttered stores and barricaded neighborhoodsLivelihoods diminished; plans put on hold; dreams deferredMasked people shuffling around like otherworldly figuresWaiting patiently, resolutely, and with steely determinationHà Nội in the Fourth Wave: A Heartfelt Wish & a Hopeful Prediction (MAA) Known the world over as a bustling country filled with optimistic and hard-working people, Vietnam suddenly became an eerily quiet and serene place after the fourth wave of COVID-19 crashed on its shores. The country and its people w...
The Lesson of Afghanistan is the Lesson of Vietnam We Forgot
Afghanistan, USA, Vietnam

The Lesson of Afghanistan is the Lesson of Vietnam We Forgot

BY DAVID SCHULTZ Photograph Source: Captain Brian Harris, U.S. Army – Public Domain Philosopher Georg Hegel declared the only lesson of history is that we do not learn from history. As the US prepares for the final pullout from Afghanistan and what will soon follow as the fall of the country to the Taliban an entire generation of us wonder if this is not Deja vu all over again and that what we thought we had learned from the Vietnam War proved to be a fleeting lesson. For those of my generation who grew up during or served in the Vietnam War a thousand images cross our mind.  A naked girl scurrying away from Napalm, the execution of Nguy n Văn Lém, American flags draped on caskets in rows,  a woman next to a dead body at Kent State...
Is Vietnam gravitating toward a Russian orbit now?
Russia, Vietnam

Is Vietnam gravitating toward a Russian orbit now?

By Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor by Phil Butler, …with New Eastern Outloook, Moscow, …and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a research institution for the study of the countries and cultures of Asia and North Africa. [ Editor’s Note: Phil Butler gives us an update on the trending Russia-Vietnam relationship in practical terms, a topic that gets almost no publicity inside the US, and why VT enjoys its cross publishing relationship with NEO. There is too much going on to keep one’s eye on, particularly in far away places with different languages and the myriad of evolving geopolitical situations. The strength of VT has always been the depth and breadth of its people. The new twist coming on like gang buste...
China, USA, Vietnam

Pentagon campaign to recruit Vietnam as military ally against China exposed delusions of US war strategy

GARETH PORTER After convincing itself Vietnam would grant it access for missile bases against China, the Pentagon got a hard dose of reality. When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that they would eventually support an agreement to provide them the permission.   But a Grayzone investigation of the Pentagon’s lobbying push in Vietnam shows what a delusional exercise it was from its inception. In a fit of self-deception that highlighted the d...
50 Years Of Unhinged, Televised Presidential Warmongering
C.I.A, USA, Vietnam

50 Years Of Unhinged, Televised Presidential Warmongering

by Jim Bovard  Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon popped up on national television on a Thursday night to proudly announce that he invaded Cambodia. At that time, Nixon was selling himself as a peacemaker, promising to withdraw U.S. troops from the Vietnam War. But after the sixth time that Nixon watched the movie “Patton,” he was overwhelmed by martial fervor and could not resist sending U.S. troops crashing into another nation. Presidents had announced military action prior to Nixon’s Cambodia surprise but there was a surreal element to Nixon’s declaration that helped launch a new era of presidential grandstanding. Ever since then, presidents have routinely gone on television to announce foreign attacks that almost always provoke widespread applause—at least in...