Category Vietnam

My Father Fought The CIA’s Secret War In Laos

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell:  Joe Celeski (retired SF Colonel, former Commander of 3d SFG) is writing what I believe will be the definitive history on the employment of US Special Forces in […]

Did Fake News Lose The Vietnam War? Journalists Wrongly Portrayed The Tet Offensive As A U.S. Defeat; And Never Corrected The Record

​Excerpt: But even to this day it’s difficult to find fault with Braestrup’s concluding insight: The professional obligation of journalists in a free society is to stay calm and get the story straight. It is not, as Walter Lippmann admonished, to conflate “truth” with the assembly and processing of a commodity called “news.” ​ Did […]

As Trump Focuses On North Korea, China Pushes Into West Pacific

Excerpt: China is employing a “cabbage strategy” in which it gradually surrounds a disputed area with multiple layers of security, according to June Teufel Dreyer, a University of Miami political science professor and author of “Middle Kingdom and Empire of the Rising Sun” — a 2016 book on China-Japan ties.   “To the extent Taiwan and […]

A Secret Warrior’s Secret War In Laos

A secret warrior’s secret war in Laos · by Lee Williams Decorated Green Beret John Meyer, who ran reconnaissance missions, will be the featured speaker at the Fifth Annual Florida Fun Shoot. Lee Williams Topics EditorAs the ancient Sikorsky H-34 helicopter carrying an elite six-man reconnaissance team was spiraling down toward a landing zone in Laos, […]

How The Tet Offensive Undermined American Faith In Government

How the Tet Offensive Undermined American Faith in Government Julian E. Zelizer/Jan 15, 2018 View Original January 14th, 2018 Fifty years ago, the January 1968 battle laid bare the way U.S. leaders had misled the public about the war in Vietnam. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Gen. William Westmoreland in Vietnam on December 25, […]

The Innovative CIA Agent Who Brokered A Truce In Vietnam

The Innovative CIA Agent Who Brokered a Truce in Vietnam By Max Boot., View Original January 12th, 2018 “There was a sudden madness that nearly tore Vietnam apart at the seams.” —Edward Lansdale “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Never has this hoary adage been more applicable than in the case of Trinh Minh […]

Another Review Of Max Boot’s New Book On Edward Lansdale & Vietnam War

Review: ‘The Road Not Taken’ in Vietnam As war began, Edward Lansdale’s lonely voice argued that winning local support—not battles—was key to victory PHOTO: TIME & LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES By Robert D. Kaplan Jan. 5, 2018 4:34 p.m. ET 35 COMMENTS Edward Lansdale (1908-87) was one of America’s most important military thinkers and practitioners, and yet he […]

Another Review Of Max Boot’s New Book: “The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale And The American Tragedy In Vietnam”

Excerpts: Lansdale retired from military service at the end of October 1963, “battered by too many bureaucratic beatings to count.” But, like a phoenix, he returned to Vietnam in the summer of 1965, theoretically to coordinate the pacification program, but in fact to experience “the most frustrating and difficult period of his life.” That “nightmare” […]

The Counterinsurgent: Review Of Max Boot’s New Book On Edward Lansdale

Excerpts:   This perspectivalism is invaluable in small doses; it can aid critical thinking and can helpfully remind strategists of the importance of seeing events from others’ eyes. But if it dominates strategic thinking it can lead to disaster. In a brilliant, widely debated 2009 article, “A Strategy of Tactics,” whose title became a shorthand […]

Was America Duped At Khe Sanh?

Conclusion: Duped or not, Westmoreland was replaced soon after the Tet offensive ended. The well-respected CBS newsman Walter Cronkite — a former supporter of the war — now thought the best that the United States could hope for was a “draw.” Johnson chose not to run for a second term as president, and Richard Nixon […]