Vietnam documentary reopens conversations
Commentary writer Gregory Daddis seemingly hasn’t learned the basic truth about the Vietnam War from the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary (“Learning from ‘Vietnam’ documentary,” Commentary, Oct. 3) — nor was he supposed to, according to our rulers.
The first episode gives it away by stating that the war was “begun in good faith by decent people out of fatal misunderstandings.” Nations do not achieve imperial supremacy by being “decent people” acting “in good faith.” Imperial supremacy, including ours, is obtained by aggression, conquest and deceit. We still refuse to see what a monstrous act of aggression we committed by killing millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians.
President George H.W. Bush exulted in 1991 (after the Gulf War): “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all,” meaning that we would feel even freer to attack other countries. He, thereby, showed the imperial benefits of keeping the American people ignorant about the nature of the Vietnam War. Roger Carasso Santa Fe