Hillsdale Symposium on the "Ghosts of Vietnam"
As indicated earlier this month, I attended a recent symposium at Hillsdale College in Michigan titled, "The Vietnam War: History and Enduring Significance." Speakers, which included Victor Davis Hanson, Michael Medved, Mark Moyar, Lewis Sorley, Mackubin T. Owens, Colonel H.R. McMaster, and Michael Lind, reexamined that pivotal chapter in American history with an eye towards the present conflict and, inevitably, the future.
For those interested in the results, my article on the symposium, "Ghosts of Vietnam," is posted at Frontpage Magazine. Read on:
Continue reading "Ghosts of Vietnam."
In the ongoing debate over the war in Iraq and, in a larger sense, American involvement in the war on Islamic terrorism, the ghosts of the Vietnam War linger. It seems we cannot go a day without spurious comparisons to the Vietnam "quagmire" or, more accurately, the dire consequences of a premature withdrawal of troops, both then and now.
It’s even become part of the standard narrative for America’s enemies to conjure up the perceived U.S. defeat in Vietnam as proof that the same thing will happen today in Iraq.
The significance of the Vietnam War, both from a historical and a political standpoint, cannot be emphasized enough. It was the most controversial of all America’s military ventures and it led to a rupture in American society that continues to this day. If allowed to hold sway, this rupture threatens American success in Iraq and beyond.
Speakers at a four-day symposium titled "The Vietnam War: History and Enduring Significance," at Hillsdale College this month came to much the same conclusion.
Gathered together were the "new historians" of the Vietnam War. This group of military historians, veterans, and social commentators has dared to challenge the anti-war orthodoxy that dominates American higher education, mainstream media, and popular culture.