I have been reading the reviews of Ken Burns new documentary of the Vietnam War….I will admit as a participant in that action I cannot watch it much without having to turn away.
I think that it is good that the war is being documented and discussed….there is much about that war that need to see the light of day.
All aspects of that war needs to be part of the discussion….not just the perceived “victories”…there are lessons to be learned from the many small defeats that we suffered.
The veterans of that war are starting to disappear and will go the way of the Korean War…..mostly forgotten or ignored for the various reasons….but their stories need to be told and need to be heard.
So far there has been many articles and opinions written about the documentary both pro and con…as there should be….the problem is that too many are watching this series through a prism of “God Bless America”….some sort of misplaced patriotism, if you will.
Not everything that the US attempted in Vietnam was legal and definitely not moral.