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A Tale of Sound and Fury—and Amnesia

by Charles Hillvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

In war, it’s said, the first casualty is the truth. In the Burns-Novick film about the Vietnam War, that truth was the Cold War.

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Vietnam on Film: Doom and Despair

by Bing West via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Ken Burns's recent TV documentary paints the war as a lost cause-while offering the usual bright, shining half-truths.

Analysis and Commentary

For India, ‘Our Time Has Come’

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In the not-too-distant future, India could have a $10 trillion economy, the world’s third largest military and the world’s largest middle class. Tunku Varadarajan reviews ‘Our Time Has Come’ by Alyssa Ayres.

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Enduring Vietnam With James Wright

interview with James Wrightvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, December 21, 2017

An American Generation and Its War

Analysis and Commentary

North Korea And The Potential For A Nuclear Catastrophe

by William J. Perryvia Stanford Magazine
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On Wednesday, North Korea launched what was believed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile that traveled 1,000 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan. It was the 23rd missile launched in 16 tests since February, according to CNN.

Related Commentary

Tale Of The Tape: North Korea VS. Joint US-ROK Force

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Escalating threats and counter-threats arising from the United States and North Korea have created an ominous standoff. President Trump warned Pyongyang that it faced “fire and fury” for aggression. The American leader added that “military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded” should it act foolishly. The Democratic People’s Republic kept up the rhetorical duel by threatening to engulf Guam with an “enveloping fire” of ballistic missiles.

Analysis and Commentary

North Korea's Latest Missile Test Sends China A Clear Message

by CDR Michael Nordeenvia The Hill
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

North Korea has tested another missile and initial indications suggest that it has the technical capability of reaching Washington, D.C.

Analysis and Commentary

Caplan On Communism

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 17, 2017

Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, "socialism" and "communism" were synonyms. Both referred to economic systems in which the government owns the means of production. The two terms diverged in meaning largely as a result of the political theory and practice of Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924).

In the News

The Ken Burns Version, Cont’d

featuring Charles Hillvia Power Line
Friday, November 3, 2017

I put everything I had to offer on the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick/Geoffrey Ward documentary The Vietnam War into “Notes on the Ken Burns version.” I think the documentary seeks to fix the record in falsity.

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The Vietnam War Documentary: Doom And Despair

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ken Burns recently released a documentary entitled “The Vietnam War: An Intimate History.” The script concluded with these words, “The Vietnam War was a tragedy, immeasurable and irredeemable.” That damning hyperbole neatly summarized 18 hours of haunting, funereal music, doleful tales by lugubrious veterans, and an elegiac historical narration voiced over a collage of violent images and thunderous explosions.

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