The Reality of the Tet Offensive: Military Failure and Economic Crisis

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Tet Attack on the Embassy

cross-posted from Afflict the Comfortable

by Bob Buzzanco

Tet was a pivot point of the Vietnam War, and it’s been misrepresented ever since……

At the end of January the media will commemorate one of the more important and decisive events of the Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive. On January 30th, 1968 the combined enemy forces of the Viet Cong, the People’s Liberation Armed Forces in the South, and the People’s Army of Vietnam from the North attacked virtually every center of military and political importance in the Republic of Vietnam, even invading the U.S. Embassy grounds. Within sixty days, President Lyndon Johnson would reject a request for a massive reinforcement of troops to Vietnam, begin to de-escalate the war, and withdraw from the 1968 presidential campaign. Tet was as determinative as any event in the Vietnam era and has maintained near-mythic status since. Continue reading “The Reality of the Tet Offensive: Military Failure and Economic Crisis”

The Myths of JFK!

In this episode, we go myth busting. Our target is “Camelot” itself.

It’s the 60th anniversary of the election of John F. Kennedy and since his untimely death in 1963, he has been elevated to liberal sainthood by all parts of the establishment. We discuss JFK’s legacy, and debunk the many enduring lies that people–from Oliver Stone to QAnon to today’s liberal scholars and media– still believe about John Kennedy’s saintly acts, whose politics have lived on in Clinton, Obama, and now Joe Biden.

Listen in: https://bit.ly/MythsofJFKGandR

We get into John and Robert Kennedy’s relationship with the red-baiting Joe McCarthy; and JFK’s role as a  civil rights “hero” (while simultaneously wire-tapping Martin Luther King).  We also pierce the myth, perpetuated by Oliver Stone’s film “JFK”,  that Kennedy wanted to withdraw troops from Vietnam and end the Cold  War.

December 20th is also the 29th anniversary of the release of Oliver Stone’s film and we take particular aim at its falsehoods.

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Noam Chomsky’s Life of Dissent with Prof. Clinton Fernandes

Today is Noam Chomsky’s 92nd birthday.  In this special episode, Bob goes solo and interviews Prof. Clinton Fernandes of the University of New South Wales, Australia about the influence of radical thinker, author, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky, in particular with regard to the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and the American air war on Laos.

Listen here:https://bit.ly/NoamChomskyDayGandR

Professor Clinton Fernandes is a former Australian Army officer who  served in the Australian Intelligence Corps. A professor at the  University of New South Wales, Australia, he has published on the  relationship between science, diplomacy and international law,  intelligence operations in foreign policy, the political and regulatory  implications of new technology and Australia’s external relations more  generally. He is the author of several publications including “Island  off the Coast of Asia: Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign  Policy,”  and “What Uncle Sam Wants: U.S. Foreign Policy Objectives in  Australia and Beyond.”  Continue reading “Noam Chomsky’s Life of Dissent with Prof. Clinton Fernandes”

Buzzanco: Vietnam and Civil Rights

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In the latest segment, Dr. Buzzanco gets into the Vietnam War. Including US involvement; Buddhist uprising; Gulf of Tonkin; Guerrilla War; My Lai; Tet; Vietnamization; Victory of the Revolution; Antiwar Movement; MLK’s A Time to Break the Silence.

He also talks about the Modern Civil Rights Era: The Modern Civil Rights Era, Racism, Law, Violence, the Economy–through Slavery and segregation to Black Lives Matter. Continue reading “Buzzanco: Vietnam and Civil Rights”

The Other Fifties with Professor Bob Buzzanco

The latest U.S. history lecture from Green and Red Podcast co-host, and University of Houston history professor, Bob Buzzanco.

In this lecture he discusses “The Other 1950s”; Beatniks (Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs). Rebels in film–James Dean and Brando. The sexual revolution of Kinsey and Hefner. Plus Mad Magazine.

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