Three Big Lies About the Vietnam War - (MP3 Download)Michael Medved
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First of all I trust Michael Medved to give me the facts. Though I protested the Vietnam War in high school I knew I did not know the whole story. What Michael did was put the war in context with what had preceded, the rise of Nazism and then Communism with Stalin and China taking big strides in all of Asia. Being a young protester at the time I saw only the side story. Michael fills in what people in government knew which gave them reason to support our going to war. Loved the rabbit trails that led to a very fascinating precursor to the Vietnam War. Michael is a great story teller.
As a Combat Infantryman in serving the calendar year of 1970 in Viet Nam as well as the Cambodian Invasion, I am always in search of answers to the questions relating to the purpose and truth of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Having read many very good (and not so good) books on the subject as well as what I consider a good documentary; 'The History Channel's ,"Viet Nam in HD', I find Michael Medved's presentation as 'most excellent'. Michael is a master communicator. The history Michael has provided is the most thorough and comprehensive rendering that I have encountered to date. It is most valuable to the Vet who has been led to believe that we served no purpose and that there was no good reason for U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. Every Viet Nam Vet needs to know, and every parent, grandparent,wife, child, brother, sister, friend, cousin that lost the life of that loved one; The men who fought served a noble purpose, and the fighting man won that war by every military and social standard, but as Michael points out; America (the media and congress) let us down and America lost the war, and as a result,the people of not only Viet Nam but also Cambodia were crushed and overtaken by the communist agenda which necessitated our involvement in the first place. Thank you Michael for this outstanding piece of work. I am recommending it to all of my Viet Nam brothers.
Please continue your history programs, they are a delightful resource! The program is succinct and compelling! This is no suprise considering the standard output from Michael Medved. My one exception is with the conclusion the the Vietnam War was lost. I am on the board of the Arizona Military Museum and we are official partners with the DoD 50 year commemoration of the Vietnam War. It is difficult to contend that the US military lost the war when they lost no significant engagement, lost no territory, maintained an 18 to 1 casualty ratio, and negotiated a peace treaty in 1973 with the Treaty of Paris. As of that time, the war was over. An adversarial federal legislature may not have kept our word to supply the RVN, but their fall was 2 years later. The US fulfilled the SEATO obligations until aftet the Paris Treaty. The war was won, then we dropped our ally like a bad habit.
Michael in his usual way completely obliterates the fallacies perpetuated by people who think they know something because it satisfies their ideology. This will open your eyes if you're not well versed on the history of the Cold War and the events that occurred during that era. Choose to accept the truth and be enlightened. Very well done!!
Michael Medved provides a lot of background history leading up to the war. The background is important for one to understand why the lies perpetrated by anti war activist and often the media distorted the facts and destroyed American support. Too bad many of those folks are still around or convey political influence to pat themselves on the back for doing a disservice to those who served and the American people. The frustrating part of the program was to get to the three big lies but I do understand why understanding the background of the war is key to revealing the lies and distortions of the truth.