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Still forgetting the ‘Forgotten War’ after all these years

David Halberstam of the New York Times, Malcolm Browne of AP, and Neil Sheehan of UPI between helicopter lifts in the Mekong Delta in 1963. / AP / Wide World Photos.

Special to By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON ― You know how forgotten is the Korean War when you see a documentary about the young correspondents who battled U.S. officialdom in the early years of the Vietnam War and hear […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

Boat People

Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring […]

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Yankee, don’t go home just yet; Unlikely ‘strategic partnerships’ take shape in East Asia


Special to By Donald Kirk, Here’s a twist on the shifting course of the recent military history of the region. The Philippines and Vietnam are about to become “strategic partners” in common cause against, yes, the Chinese. For […]

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Obama may be tempted to leave the budgeting of a credible U.S. Asian presence to his successor


Special to By Donald Kirk, The temptation to slash defense spending is overwhelming. Why worry about huge standing forces overseas when they’re not deployed much except on military exercises and war games that are repetitious and boring? Easy […]

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Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton.

Special to By Donald Kirk, Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters. That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor […]

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Ironies abound in Subic Bay and Vietnam: U.S. Navy welcomed back with open arms

The USS Shiloh sailed into Subic Bay this week.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SUBIC BAY, Philippines ― The presence here of the USS Shiloh, a cruiser laden with missiles and cannon, reminds visitors of a bygone era. It was almost 25 years ago that the U.S. […]

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Betraying our allies: Lessons unlearned by less-than-compassionate foreign policy liberals

Vietnamese 'Boat People': One lesson learned from that war is the U.S. should not betray its friends and allies as it did the South Vietnamese.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SAIGON — It’s become fashionable among intellectuals from left and right to talk about the Vietnam War in terms of “lessons learned.” Better yet, critics of U.S. policy write and talk about “lessons […]

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The new Vietnam is haunted at the core by the tyrants that defeated freedom

40 years after the Communist victory, in Ho Chi Minh City.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SAIGON ― Memories of a brutal past mingle with images of new beginnings in a region of thick mangrove swamps interlaced with canals from which Viet Cong guerillas more than 40 years ago […]

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Asian wars and the American psyche: From a truce in South Korea to defeat in Vietnam

The Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC.

Special to By Donald Kirk, SEOUL — Anniversaries have their special appeal. The first anniversary on April 16 of the sinking of the Sewol off South Korea’s southwestern coast evoked emotions of outrage and sadness over the loss […]

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Beijing’s hard power push seen stigmatizing nation for ‘imperial overreach’


Special to By Willy Lam, The Xi Jinping administration’s aggressive power projection in the South China Sea could deal a frontal blow to Beijing’s “peripheral diplomacy,” which is supposed to improve the country’s relations with neighbors in the […]

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