Toward an honest commemoration of the American War in Vietnam
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 being commemorated during this decade with a series of 50th anniversary events. Full Disclosure represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon’s current efforts to sanitize and mythologize that war, and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.
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50 Years Ago
November 2 A Senate subcommittee released a 300-page report documenting “corruption, criminality, and moral compromise” in a PX scandal in Vietnam and other overseas areas.
November 12 President Nixon announced a troop withdrawal of 45,000 more troops by February 1, 1972, but argued it was particularly important to continue air strikes on enemy infiltration routes.
December 17 U.S. troop levels drop to 156,800.
Beginning December 26 15 anti-war veterans occupied the Statue of Liberty, flying a US flag upside down from her crown. They left on December 28, following issuance of a Federal Court order. Also on December 28, 80 young veterans clashed with police and were arrested while trying to occupy the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C
December 26-30 The US carries out the heaviest air strikes on North Vietnam since 1968 in Operation Proud Deep, consisting of 1,025 sorties citing violations of the agreements surrounding the 1968 bombing halt.
2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:
“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”