5 thoughts on “Whoopee, we’re all gonna die!

  1. Oscar Mike says:

    “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam” is a 2012 book by the Cornell University historian Fredrik Logevall, which won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History. It also won the inaugural American Library in Paris Book Award and the 2013 Arthur Ross Book Award and was a runner-up for the Cundill Prize. The book covers the Vietnam conflict right from the 1919 Versailles Peace Conference till 1959, when the first Americans soldiers are killed in an ambush near Saigon in Vietnam, focusing on the Indochina War between France and the Viet Minh. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embers_of_War

  2. FNG says:

    National Park Service: “OSS Training in the National Parks and Service Abroad in World War II”
    Scroll down to “OSS, the Japanese, the Viet Minh and the French in Indochina”, followed by “Ho Chi Minh and the OSS”.
    Re: Army Air Corps Captain Archimedes L. A. Patti see interview https://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3267C58E4C104A54A0AFDF230D618AE6 also “Why Viet Nam? Prelude To America’s Albatross” By Archimedes Patti (1980) https://www.chinhnghia.com/Why-Vietnam.pdf

    • Ba mươi ba says:

      “…French Indochina witnessed the most intense Anglo-American conflict of all. OSS officers were determined to prevent France from regaining control of its cherished colony while the British strove to assist the French cause. The clash plunged to a symbolic nadir on the night of 23 January 1945, when P-61 Black Widow night-fighters of the US 14th Air Force appear to have shot down two RAF Liberators carrying French agents into Indochina, with the loss of all on board. The Americans hoped that the episode would prove a salutary warning, deterring the British from providing any further help to France, but in the first two months of 1945 the RAF flew seventy-one Special Duties sorties to Indochina, some carrying French officers in defiance of an explicit veto from the White House. Churchill, probably wisely, decided to avoid a direct confrontation with FDR about the issue, and a British investigation into the loss of the Liberators was abandoned. In the last months of the war, both London and Washington despaired of imposing order on their nation’s clandestine operations in South-East Asia, and left officers on the ground to fight it out – which they did, to no conclusive outcome.”
      Max Hastings, “The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945” (2015) [page 514]

  3. Footnote says:

    “Project 100,000 (also McNamara’s 100,000), also known as McNamara’s Folly, McNamara’s Morons and McNamara’s Misfits, was a controversial 1960s program by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to recruit soldiers who would previously have been below military mental or medical standards. Project 100,000 was initiated by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in October 1966 to meet the escalating manpower requirements of the American government’s involvement in the Vietnam War. According to Hamilton Gregory, author of the book McNamara’s Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War, inductees of the project died at higher rates than other Americans serving in Vietnam.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_100,000

  4. Oscar Mike says:

    Vietnam Just Opened The World’s Longest Glass-Bottomed Bridge In A Stunning Mountain Park.
    Located in the Moc Chau Island park in the northwestern province of Son La, the Back Long pedestrian bridge spans over 2,000 feet above a 490-foot-deep gorge.
    The bridge was opened on April 29, 2022, to coincide with the 47th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. https://allthatsinteresting.com/bach-long-bridge
    When the Vietnamese government stopped issuing tourist visas and closed its borders in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism department estimated that this would cost the nation $4 billion in three short months.

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