Are Americans as ‘Ugly’ as Ever?
"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.
Meet the Godfather of Modern Counterinsurgency
How would the outcome of the Vietnam War differ if we had listened to Edward Lansdale? The world may never know.
Edward Lansdale and America’s Vietnam Demons
A new book explores a legendary advisor who may have had the secret to success in Vietnam — and in winning today’s forever war.
Meet the Mild-Mannered Spy Who Made Himself the ‘American James Bond’
Edward Lansdale’s most successful covert operations may have been crafting his own reputation.
Book Excerpt: In ‘Enlisting Faith,’ the Navy Takes Vietnamese Catholics South
It was hot and muggy as monsoon season crested in the summer of 1954.
Donald Trump Is Single-Handedly Wrecking the Special Relationship
America has no greater friend than Britain. Or had.
Coffee: The Military Essential That Fuels Combat, Camaraderie and Communion
Coffee as the conduit for memories of a military career
Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker
The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.
Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China
The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.
Edgar on Strategy (Part VII): When evaluating strategies, go beyond good and evil, and keep the narrative in mind
Our propensity to see the world in terms of good and evil might be described as a shared, though ill-defined, moral conviction so strong that it blinds leaders to the complex motives, interests, and perspectives of other actors.
‘Innovation as a Discipline, Not Fad’
“Successful new innovators ask, ‘What must be true for this idea to succeed?’”
‘Vietnam’ Ep. 10 and last: A conclusion?
Until the majority of people in this country agree to close ranks when the nation goes to war, the memories of Vietnam will linger.
‘Vietnam’: Tom’s own view
Thus far I’ve held off, because I didn’t want to get in the way of Charles Krohn’s reviews.
‘Vietnam’ 9: An unfinished tale
Despite striving for nuance, episode 9 favors those who opposed the war more than those who fought it.
‘Vietnam’ Ep. 8: Trouble at home
This episode is mostly about My Lai and Kent State. I abstain from commenting.
‘Vietnam’ 7: Demonstrators to the front
While unfit to comment on the wild student riots that dominate much of Episode 7, I think their importance is overplayed — hugely visual, of course, but overplayed.
Burns and Novick’s ‘Vietnam’ 6: Macabre, mostly
The sixth episode of the series shows us where the war's bloody unwinding began.
Great Powers Are Defined by Their Great Wars
Even the most rational leaders are influenced by the power of collective memory.
Burns’s ‘Vietnam’ 5: On the brink of Tet
In episode 5, Burns dives into the Tet offensive and wrestles with unrest on the home front.
Burns’s ‘Vietnam’ 4: I think I see the point. Maybe.
T.R. Fehrenbach, in his classic book about the Korean War, says that bombs from the sky aren’t the same as boots on the ground.