This picture taken on January 24, 2016 shows a worker repainting a large statue of the late president Ho Chi Minh, founder of today's communist Vietnam, at a public park in the southern city of Can (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam’s Model Would Spell the End of Kim Jong Un

There's no place for individual strongmen in Hanoi's version of communist power.

Four Grotesque Male Heads. (Wenzel Hollar/Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University)

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.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

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.  

(USAF via AP/Corbis via Getty Images/AFP/Foreign Policy illustration)

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.

Major General Edward Lansdale, 1963 (U.S. Air Force Photograph)

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.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker

The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Portrait of John F. Kennedy; Portrait of Ho Chi Minh (White House Press Office; Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Left: Major General Julian Ewell in 1968. (Octofoil magazine); Right: General Frederick Weyand. (United States Army)

‘Innovation as a Discipline, Not Fad’

“Successful new innovators ask, ‘What must be true for this idea to succeed?’”

TO GO WITH STORY: Vietnam-US-war-media, FEATURE by Cat Barton
This picture taken on April 11, 2015 shows a man walking next to propaganda posters displayed at an open-air exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Many US soldiers who fought in Vietnam will remember the dulcet tones of Hanoi Hannah, the silky-voiced communist radio correspondent who urged young American GIs to stop fighting and go home .  AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH Nam        (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

‘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.

WASHINGTON, :  American youths stage a rally 30 November 1965 in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. protesting United States military involvement in the Vietnam war. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

‘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.

VIETNAM WAR- 25TH ANNIVERSARY:  D.R. Howe treats the wounds of Private First Class D.A. Crum, "H" Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, During Operation Hue City in Vietnam 06 February, 1968 AFP PHOTO/NATIONAL ARCHIVES (Photo credit should read NATIONAL ARCHIVES/AFP/Getty Images)

Burns and Novick’s ‘Vietnam’ 6: Macabre, mostly

The sixth episode of the series shows us where the war's bloody unwinding began.

TOPSHOT - Visitor looks the names on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, May 28, 2017. 
Motorcyclists are in Washington for the traditional annual Rolling Thunder ahead of Memorial Day, May 29. / AFP PHOTO / Jose Luis Magana        (Photo credit should read JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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