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Radio Smart Talk: Remembering Vietnam War 50 years later

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 15, 2012 2:56 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, October 16, segment one:

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For the longest time after the Vietnam War ended in 1975 with the Communist takeover of Saigon in South Vietnam, Americans didn't talk about the conflict.  There was too much pain.  There was anguish over the loss of 58,000 service men and women who died, the realization that America had lost its first war, and how the conflict tore the nation apart back home.  

Earlier this year, President Obama announced the 50 year commemoration of the war in Vietnam.  Some found the announcement somewhat odd, since there isn't agreement when hostilities actually began.  The first American was killed in Vietnam in the 1950s.  American ground troops weren't delpoyed until 1965.

On Tuesday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll look back at the Vietnam War with Dr. Lewis "Bob" Sorley, who is considered one of the nation's most respected historians on Vietnam.

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Comments: 3

  • Robert Colgan img 2012-10-16 08:19

    I'd like to know why the lie that Vietnam was about Communism is still the predominant narrative . . . . .when it was really a war of independence from the European-- French, colonialism.

    Ho Chi Minh asked for independence for the Vietnamese people after the First World War, and appealed directly to the US President, Truman, for assistance in gaining independence after WWII.
    Ho Chi Minh greatly admired The US Constitution, and particularly the writings of Thomas Jefferson. He said that liberty and the ability to self-govern was the right of people everywhere.

    The lie is that the US was fighting on behalf of Vietnam liberty.
    The truth is that the US was fighting on behalf of imperialistic hegemony.
    The truth is that the US corporate/military machine---the very one Eisenhower had warned against----was eager to strut its stuff for profit.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2012-10-16 08:24

    Brad writes:

    The US was conspicuously ineffective at upgrading of ARVN despite massive amounts of money and effort. Are there any lessons learned that can be applied to the training of the Afghan army today?

    Thanks

  • e man img 2012-10-16 08:55

    The US should have invaded North Vietnam and won the war. President Johnson lost the war. General Westmoreland was only responsible for South Vietnam. Russia and China had several battles along their borders.China and India fought a war in 1962. If the US had invaded North Vietnam none of these countries help would be enough to stop a US victory. Walter Cronkite, a secret left winger, lost the Tet Offensive. The Vietnamese expected to lose the war after their defeat at Tet. But President Johnson did not send in the troop increase for the assured victory. I do not know why ,but Johnson knew we won Tet and that Cronkite was a pinko. Millions of people died after the US defeat in Vietnam, in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Communists took over all 3 countries. You Liberals never mention that.

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