Articles written by: jjennings

From Ellsberg to Assange: The Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks

Editor’s Note: This is Phil Jennings’ speech to students at Texas Tech University, March 12, 2011. There is no shortage of books and articles chronicling the sometimes abysmal main stream media coverage of the Viet […]

An Open Letter to the House Armed Services Committee

With respect to the Viet Nam War Commemorative event(s), perhaps I’m missing something. Is it supposed to be secret? A big surprise for those Viet Nam Vets still alive when someone in DC gets around […]

An Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Gates

Dear Secretary of Defense Gates: You have a great opportunity to right a long-standing wrong against the veterans of the Vietnam War with the Vietnam War Commemoration event which I understand is being planned. These […]

The Anti-War Movement aka Cowards United

From 1965 to 1973, if anything received more press than the War in Vietnam, it was the Anti-War Movement. In the public mind, the anti-war movement could be rolled into that violent juggernaut of social […]

Why Does Jon Meacham Hate Senator Kerry?

Reading the Newsweek Editor’s (July 16, 2010) essay on a potential “Fulbright moment” for Senator Kerry gave me pause. Although the thrust of the article was a call for a Senate Foreign Relations Committee public […]

Why Vietnam Truth Matters

“In my rush to finish my statement in five minutes, I may have left out the fact that Vietnam is one nation today.” So spoke Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee on July 16, regarding her 5 […]

LBJ’s War

The immediate consequence of America’s dithering, half-hearted acquiescence to the demise of the Diem government was increased instability throughout South Vietnam. Over the next few years (1963 to 1965), there were nine different governments. Plotting […]

Oh, Come On, Were The Commies Really That Bad?

That, in a phrase, was the underlying assumption of much of the anti-war Left. It’s a pretty awful assumption. The short answer is yes, they were that bad if you were a member of the […]

Rolling (the Vietnam) Stone Forward

So General McChrystal is now the latest victim of forgetting that the press is rarely your friend. It could be argued, and has been, that he received what he deserved, and the response to his […]

Not Always a Hero

In the spring of 1966, I was a First Lieutenant in the Marines, flying UH-34 helicopters out of Ky Ha, South Viet Nam. One evening at dusk the squadron got a call that a Marine […]