The U.S. is celebrating the wrong anniversary for the Vietnam War

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American military personnel in South Vietnam in August 1963. (AP Photo)

American military personnel in South Vietnam in August 1963. (AP Photo)

The Washington Post has just published an Op Ed piece I wrote concerning the arbitrary choice of March 1965 as the start of the Vietnam War – when 3,500 Marines landed in Da Nang. We already had 23,000 so-called ‘advisers’ in Vietnam before that.
Until we acknowledge how the conflict really started, we can’t come to terms with the origins or our nation’s involvement. Read more here – and be sure to comment, like and share. Thanks!

Killing of Journalists Should be a War Crime: AP CEO

President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt delivered a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Monday. He stated that it should be a war crime for journalists to be killed in the line of duty– in the same way that it is a war crime to kill Red Cross volunteers.

Read more hereKilling of Journalists Should be a War Crime

Vietnam 1975: A New Movie by a Kennedy

VIETNAM 1975
New movie by a Kennedy. I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks interesting.
For something as chilling as they come, reference my blog entry of April 8, 2013.  http://thefiveoclockfollies.com/?p=544
A CBS video report by Bruce Dunning on a harrowing 1975 flight of thugs stampeding to get out of Da Nang.

Urban Battlefield

Peter DaSilva NY Times Mar 3, 2013

Peter DaSilva NY Times Mar 3, 2013

Photographers on assignment in Oakland, Calif., are robbery targets to such an extent that they need security guards to accompany them. The New York Times reports that the Oakland Tribune’s chief photog, Laura Oda, has had her cameras taken twice at gunpoint. Police say they have no idea where the secondary market is for the equipment, because it’s not showing up through the usual fences.

Read More Here: NY Times March 3, 2013 In Oakland, Photojournalists Covering Crimes Become the Victims