Category Archives: Vietnam

Tet Offensive

To commemorate the recent 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted a panel of eye witnesses — including retired diplomats and a former journalist — as well as a military historian to take us back to the night of the attack. Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs … Continue reading Tet Offensive

PBS’ ‘Vietnam War’ Tells Some Truths

September 20, 2017 Exclusive: The PBS 10-part Vietnam War series offers valuable insights into the horrific conflict but still treads lightly on U.S. leaders’ guilt as they lied and connived to start and extend the slaughter, as war correspondent Don North describes. By Don North Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen observed in his 2016 book, Nothing Ever … Continue reading PBS’ ‘Vietnam War’ Tells Some Truths

Life and Death in Vietnam’s ‘Television War’

Exclusive: During the Vietnam War, American TV executives wanted the most graphic “bang bang” for their nightly news so they pushed their camera crews into danger, a culture described in a new book reviewed by Don North. *** In February 1967, Japanese cameraman Tony Hirashiki along with a Vietnamese soundman and myself – then an … Continue reading Life and Death in Vietnam’s ‘Television War’

A Deadly Legacy: CIA’s Covert Laos War

Exclusive: The CIA’s covert war in Laos – in the 1950-60’s – has remained a model for U.S. proxy wars through today’s “war on terror,” but the forgotten lesson was the conflict’s destructive failure, recalls war correspondent Don North. *** In the first of many mistakes of the Vietnam War, President Dwight Eisenhower said in … Continue reading A Deadly Legacy: CIA’s Covert Laos War