Archiv der Kategorie: History

A Supply Corps, A Marine Corps, and a Victory Corps?

A friend is conducting an inquiry into family history, and shared a screenshot of her father’s High School yearbook, from some school in St. Louis in 1944, featuring the usual batch of faces and clubs and quotes from Tennyson and … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Arms and the Citizen, Elements of National Power, History, World War II | 1 Kommentar

Ken Burns’s Vietnam: A Closing Commentary

What I have to say won’t be as eloquent as the lives of hundreds of thousands of American men and women who returned from Vietnam and lived well. They didn’t fall into drug addiction, domestic violence, and raised families and … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Elements of National Power, History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency | Verschlagwortet mit , | Kommentar hinterlassen

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 5

There’s a saying in the Pentagon: “No horse is too dead to beat.” Ken Burns proves himself eager to box the pony with the best of them. He entitled this episode “This Is What We Do.” A better title may be “Welcome … Weiterlesen

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Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 4

This episode’s theme was ‘The Home Front.’ The experiences of North and South Vietnam and the US were presented as equivalent in their social violence, but these are false equivalents. Burns presents the North as undergoing the ravages of bombing. … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Defending the Homeland, History, Leadership, Strategy | 3 Kommentare

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 3

Ken Burns presents the US escalation of involvement in Vietnam as a couple living together: committed to remain uncommitted. As is the norm, whomever goes all in wins. Maybe VMI’s football team could learn a thing or two from that. … Weiterlesen

Veröffentlicht unter Elements of National Power, History, Insurgency & Counterinsurgency, Leadership | 1 Kommentar

Ken Burns’s Vietnam, Part 2

Part 2 could well be titled “A Tale of 5 Leaders” as Burns compares the effects of the different styles of leadership on the combatants. Uncle Ho and John Paul Vann as usual get a pass, while Kennedy and General … Weiterlesen

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Vietnam by Ken Burns: a Review of Part 1

There’s a saying: “[w]henever text taken out of context there is a pretext.” In Part I of Ken Burns’s documentary on Vietnam, the text – what was presented to you – left out context. So, what is the pretext? I’m … Weiterlesen

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