Vietnam Veterans for Factual History

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Mayaquez
The Last Battle of the Vietnam War: Mayaguez Incident
Mike Benge
Historical Perspective
Two weeks after the fall of Saigon, on May 12, 1975, Khmer Rouge in an American-made PCF Swift gunboat seized the U.S. merchant ship SS Mayaguez and its crew in Cambodian waters. After the U.S. withdrawal from Viet Nam and the abandonment of the three countries of former Indochina, a number of conservative politicians and intellectuals in the Unite
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The Khmer Rouge: Bayon two faces instead of four - by Mike Benge
Mike Benge
Atrocities
The ancient symbolic four-faced sandstone Bayon is thought by some Cambodians to represent simplicity, compassion, equanimity and wisdom, virtues lacking in those involved in the factional struggles of the communists in Cambodia. A symbolic Bayon for the Khmer Rouge would have only two faces, that of the barbaric and amoral genocidal “year zero” Po
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The Making of Apocalypse Now
Mike Benge
Commentary
By Mike Benge, POW, VVFH Founding Member The only similarity between Francis Ford Coppola’s film set-in South-East Asia and Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness” set in Africa is that both had rivers winding through them and both had major characters named Kurtz. And, oh yes, Coppola copied Conrad’s style of telling stories within a story. Copp
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Critique of the Ken Burns Vietnam Program
Paul Schmehl
Antiwar Activists
Panel RemarksCritique of the Ken Burns Vietnam ProgramInstitute of World PoliticsWashington, DC22 January 2017 By Lewis Sorley From my perspective the Burns production had one objective, to reinforce the standard anti-war narrative that the Vietnam war was unwinnable, illegal, immoral, and ineptly conducted by the allies from start to finish. It we
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Mao
Mao Zedong’s Travelling Circus
Paul Schmehl
Book Reviews
This is a book review authored by VVFH member David Hanna. Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution, by Brain DeMare; Stanford University Press, 2019 (e-book version), $15.69. Brian DeMare is a cultural historian and teacher of modern Chinese history at Tulane University in New Orleans. In his first book, Mao's Cultural Army(2015), he fo
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Hue-Massacre
The Wrong Side Won
Paul Schmehl
Commentary
By Uwe Siemon-Netto   At the height of the Vietnam War, Ralph White tried to join the U.S. Marine Corps but was turned down because of an eye injury he had sustained playing tennis. As the fighting drew to a tumultuous close in April 1975, however, 27-year-old White was in Saigon, acting true to the leatherneck motto “Semper fidelis” – only by civi
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Hue, 1968 by Mark Bowden – Military History or Leftist Propaganda?        
Paul Schmehl
1965-1973 Combat Phase
A Critical Review by Nicholas Warr Despite its recognition as a New York Times bestseller, the receipt of many awards, and the recognition and praise from the literary world Mark Bowden has received since the publication of Hue, 1968, this book is filled with way too many misconceptions, flaws, critical omissions and dozens of outright errors and f
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The Insurgent Communist Huks in the Philippines
Mike Benge
Historical Perspective
By Michael Benge The communist Hukbong Laban sa Hapon (Anti-Japanese Army) or simply Huks, comprised mainly of disenfranchised peasant tenant-farmers of Central Luzon, was only one of several guerrilla groups resisting the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippines. The Huks were well received by the villagers and were seen as their p
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PBS Responds
Paul Schmehl
Commentary
PBS has responded to VVFH's demand that they correct the errors in the Burns/Novick documentary, The Vietnam War. Here is what they wrote.November 28, 2017R.J. DelVecchioExecutive SecretaryVietnam Veterans for Factual HistoryDear Mr; De! Vecchio;Paula Kerger asked me to respond to your November 7, 2017 letter regarding the recent broadcast of Ken B
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Nothing Provides More Clarity Than the Passing of Time
Paul Schmehl
Antiwar Activists
These are some selected quotes from intelligent people, leaders of our country. On Cambodia: Some will find the whole bloodbath debate unreal. What future possibility could be more terrible than the reality of what is happening to Cambodia now? Anthony Lewis "Avoiding A Bloodbath" New York Times March 17, 1975 If we really want to help the people o
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Human Rights in Vietnam
Paul Schmehl
Historical Perspective
This is the Congressional testimony of a Jesuit Priest who lived in Vietnam for nineteen years and remained after the communist takeover for fifteen months. Judge for yourself whether the communist takeover was good for the people who were unable to escape. HEARINGS BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON INTERNAT
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The Vietnam War Through Red Lenses
Paul Schmehl
Antiwar Activists
The Last Days in Vietnam is an Oscar-nominated documentary covering the very end of South Vietnam, in April, 1975. Rory Kennedy’s dramatically sad and horrific documentary is both difficult (for a Vietnam Veteran at least) to watch and a chronicle of American compassion and angst. The fall of a democratic society to Communist tyranny should be lame
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The Secret War in Laos That Wasn’t a Secret
Paul Schmehl
1965-1973 Combat Phase
By Phillip JenningsPresident Obama said this week in Laos that sometimes Americans “feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.” [1. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/07/world/asia/obama-laos-bombs-war.html?_r=0] He then addressed America’s “secret war” in that country, and proved what he didn’t know. Wha
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Why So Many Vets Are Angry At Jane Fonda
Paul Schmehl
Antiwar Activists
Jane Fonda's Broadcasts on Radio Hanoi Co-authors: Dr. Roger Canfield, R.J. Del Vecchio From July 8 - 22, 1972, the American actress Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam at the invitation of the "Vietnamese Committee of Solidarity with the American People." During this period, she recorded at least 19 propaganda interviews that were broadcast by Radio
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Roadmap to Betrayal
Paul Schmehl
Commentary
Former POW/MIA Affairs Chief Gave Congress Outline of U.S. Government's Road Map To Betrayal Of America's POW/MIA The following article is taken from a statement by Bill Bell (pictured right) which he gave before the Vietnam Subcommittee on Trade of the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 18, 1998. Prior to 1989
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HUE 1968: FIGHTING THE VIETNAM WAR YET AGAIN
Paul Schmehl
Antiwar Activists
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”  Goethe, “Faust”If there is truth in Goethe’s quote, author Mark Bowden believes in his heart that the American efforts in Vietnam were at best immoral and at worst verging on genocidal. In his new book Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam (Atlantic Monthly Press, 610 pp.),
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How to Lose A War: The Press and Viet Nam
Paul Schmehl
Myth vs. Fact
By Robert Elegant Reprinted from Encounter (London), vol. LVII, No. 2, August 1981, pp. 73-90 The author has given VVFH permission to reprint here. IN THE EARLY 1960s, when the Viet Nam War became a big story, most foreign correspondents assigned to cover the story wrote primarily to win the approbation of the crowd, above all their own crowd. As a
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RESPONSE TO L.A. TIMES ATROCITIES SERIES
Mike Benge
Atrocities
Readers note: The following was written in 2007 in response to a series of articles in the Los Angeles Times discussing American atrocities in Vietnam.  The author is a founding member of VVFH and a Vietnam Veteran and has given his permission to reproduce the article here. The article was originally published on another (now defunct) site and incl
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REASSESSING ARVN
Paul Schmehl
1965-1973 Combat Phase
by LEWIS SORLEY Copyright © 2006—o—A Lecture Delivered at the Vietnam Center Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas No one account could hope to address all the many aspects of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam’s performance in such a long and complex endeavor as the Vietnam War. This morning, then, I would like to speak to selected aspects, and to
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Ho Chi Minh's Entreaties to Truman
Paul Schmehl
Commentary
By Paul SchmehlWhenever discussing the Vietnam War, one of the topics that comes up is that the OSS worked with Ho during WWII, Ho requested help from the US by sending both letters and telegrams to President Truman and Ho quoted the American Declaration of Independence in his own declaration of independence.While all these things are true, they of
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