JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: KEN BURNS’ INSIPID VIETNAM FILM REVIEWED AGAIN IN THE GUARDIAN – MY FURTHER OBSERVATIONS ON AMERICA’S DELIBERATELY-ENGINEERED ASIAN HOLOCAUST   Leave a comment

COMMENT POSTED TO A REVIEW BY TIM DOWLING IN THE GUARDIAN

The Vietnam War review – Ken Burns makes a complex story immediately comprehensible

This is the second review of Ken Burns in just a few days.

I cannot agree with this reviewer’s “The Vietnam War review – Ken Burns makes a complex story immediately comprehensible”

I am familiar with the work of Burns, and his glossy, pop documentaries cannot do what is claimed for a profound and disturbing event. Baseball, maybe. Hell, no, and the Vietnam War was a jump straight into hell.
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Response to a reader who said “After watching last night it struck me the real baddies were the French?”

The French were supported and encouraged and pushed every step of the way by America.

Nixon, as Vice-President, actually wanted to provide direct American air support for their efforts.

Eisenhower wasn’t having any of that because he always tried to avoid direct military colonial conflicts to preserve his image – it was under Eisenhower that the Allen Dulles’ CIA was heavily used to covertly attack people America didn’t like, from overthrowing democratic governments in Guatemala and Iran to other governments in a dozen other places. Old smiling Ike was responsible for the growth of the ugly CIA we see today.

Anyway, Eisenhower gave the French everything he thought he could, and by Kennedy’s election (1960), the CIA was deeply entrenched in Vietnam as were a fair number of military “advisors.” The (temporary) division of the country, after the French defeat and departure (1954), was itself an American-engineered business.

America wanted a pied-a-terre in mainland Asia, and the whole war which burst out with Lyndon Johnson was nothing more than an effort to establish that permanently. The military-intelligence establishment had been very frustrated by Kennedy’s approach to Vietnam. When he conveniently died, they had their man in Lyndon Johnson.

But he had to get elected on his own first, and he lied his way through doing that – remember the controversial ad of a young girl with a flower and an atomic explosion, an ad aimed at Barry Goldwater saying he was a threat to peace? – before starting the full-scale war he hungered for, wanting to be seen as a great war-president, a new Roosevelt, never dreaming America would be defeated.

The American establishment and leaders in Vietnam were very dark figures, evil, if anything deserves to be called that, but you will never hear that from insipid Ken Burns.

Posted September 28, 2017 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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