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The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.

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This Week in History: 1966

January 28 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee led by J. William Fullbright of Arkansas begins (televised) hearings questioning the legality of the U.S. military operations in Vietnam. These hearings continued on and off through May, 1971. In February, appearing before the committee, Defense Secretary McNamara states that U.S. objectives in Vietnam are “not to destroy or overthrow the Communist government of North Vietnam. They are limited to the destruction of the insurrection and aggression directed by North Vietnamese against the political institutions of South Vietnam.” Other pro-Administration witnesses include Secretary of Secretary of State Dean Rusk and General Maxwell Taylor. Witnesses critical of US policy include “containment” of the Soviet Union theorist George Kennan and Lieutenant General James M. Gavin. These hearings continue to be an annoyance to President Johnson. January 28-March 6 Operation Masher (a combined U.S., ARVN, and ROKA (Republic of Korea) operation) marks the beginning of large-scale U.S. search-and-destroy operations against NLF and NVA troop encampments. President Johnson orders that “Operation Masher” be renamed the less aggressive-sounding “Operation White Wing”, because the name was deemed too crude for ‘nation-building’ and wouldn’t play well with U.S. public opinion. During the 42-day operation in South Vietnam’s Bong Son (Bồng Sơn) Plain near the coast, troopers of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) once again fly by helicopters directly into battle zones and engage in heavy fighting. The term ‘search-and-destroy’ is used by the media to describe everything from large scale Airmobile troop movements to small patrols rooting out NLF in tiny hamlets. The term became associated with images of Americans burning villages. January 31 Citing Hanoi’s failure to respond to his peace overtures during the 37 day bombing pause, President Johnson announces bombing of North Vietnam (operation Rolling Thunder) will resume. Senator Robert F. Kennedy criticizes President Johnson’s decision to resume the bombing, stating that the U.S. may be headed “on a road from which there is no turning back, a road that leads to catastrophe for all mankind.” His comments infuriate the President.

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