A Four Mile Long Wall

In an article on the folly of American exceptionalism, Oliver Stone writes about the Vietnam War:

The Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C. contains the names of 58,272 Americans who died in the war. Its message is that the tragedy of that wretched war was that 58,000 Americans died. The wall is 146 feet long. Imagine a wall that also contained the names of all the Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, and others who died. Such a wall would be over 4 miles long.

And yet many conservatives to this day still defend the Vietnam War. If only the US had just dropped more bombs and sent more troops and killed more people we would have “won.” Must reading on Vietnam is Nick Turse’s Kill Anything that Moves.


8:15 am on October 27, 2013