Viet Nam

Burns/Novick's Vietnam War: Former CIA guy all concerned for "human beings"

So here we are in Episode 10, the North Vietnamese Army and National Liberation Front have taken over much of the country, and they're about to enter and liberate Sài Gòn. At the US Embassy (and all the CIA "safe spots") things are falling apart. It's chaos.

All the Vietnamese that have been loyally working for their US Imperial masters are, not surprisingly, desperate to get out, and expecting the Americans to take them. And, suddenly, here's Frank Snepp, talking to us. Interestingly, he's identified as "CIA," which was largely not true of the other CIA nobs Burns/Novick had talking to us.

Burns/Novick's Vietnam War: John Negroponte "decent"? Really?

There's something that's annoying the bejeezus out of me as I watch the Burns/Novick documentary on the Vietnam War. They've got these guys/gals talking at you, and all you're told about who they are, so you can judge what they're saying, is a name, and "Marines," or "Pentagon." You're not told anything about them.

Since Burns/Novick start the series by asserting that the American effort in that war was started by "decent people," it seems to me we have a right to assume they'll have decent people talking to us about it, no?

Sometimes Things Don't Go as Planned

Sometimes things just don't turn out the way we'd planned.

March 21, 2017, mission: Start out early morning from Cà Mau, Viet Nam, and take a leisurely drive 110kms to Đất Mũi, at the foot of QL (Highway) 1, the southernmost point in Viet Nam. "Check in" on FB...

On the Challenges of Travelling Alone

When travelling alone, and making your own arrangements, you make your own mistakes. And you spend a lot of time you could otherwise be spending on the beach or eating fabulous seafood making those mistakes.

On Friday, 17 March, in Việt Nam, instead of enjoying being there I spent a very large portion of the day dealing with this problem: Now that I've got myself and my motorcycle to Phú Quốc, how exactly do I get it back to the mainland?

US State Dept WaPo on Viet Nam, 1965 (and now?)

(As the Democrat wing of the anti-Trump "movement" careens around, blathering on about Russian aggression in US elections, brandishing a "report" agreed to by all 17 "intelligence" agencies of the US Government, a "report" which even those agencies that "agreed" to it won't endorse as factual, I came across this article from the old IF Stone Weekly from 50+years ago. It's instructive to read now because it perhaps demonstrates why USG leaders no longer supply any evidence for their accusations against official enemies.

Vũng Tàu: Further than I thought

I was in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam for a doctor's appointment a coupld Fridays ago (nothing serious), and had to return the following Monday.

What to do? Well, Vũng Tàu's only 84km away, why not go there for the weekend? Simple!

Er... not so much

John McCain: Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty.

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