The New Vietnam War Memorial Website Leaves Out Some Important Features. Some Actual Events, For Example.

by Daniel Russ on April 18, 2014


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Nick Turse explains a disappointingly inaccurate revision of history that is an official display and website commemorating the Vietnam War. Not only does it leave out pertinent information, it blatantly proffers events that simply did not happen. The Department of Defense United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration site is a horribly art directed Web 1.0 site. Like the Affordable Care Act site, it is done by friends of cronies or companies that have contracts for web development for Us Government assets. Unfortunately the site itself is a below sub par under interface.

On August 2nd, 1964, the US claimed “The USS Maddox was attacked by North Vietnamese gunboats in the Gulf of Tonkin.” It was this false flag operation, or shall I say false accusation that is shamefully promulgated in the official history of the war. It turns out, that the ships USS Turner Joy and the USS Maddox were participating in military exercises on nearby Vietnamese assets .  According to the National Security Archive from the 1980s:

“Robert J. Hanyok on SIGINT and the Tonkin Gulf which confirms what historians have long argued: that there was no second attack on U.S. ships in Tonkin on August 4, 1964. According to National Security Archive research fellow John Prados, “the American people have long deserved to know the full truth about the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The National Security Agency is to be commended for releasing this piece of the puzzle. The parallels between the faulty intelligence on Tonkin Gulf and the manipulated intelligence used to justify the Iraq War make it all the more worthwhile to re-examine the events of August 1964 in light of new evidence.”

If we are gong to honor memory or posterity then lets at least recall what actually happened. For example in the interactive portion that covers the bombing of Cambodia, the essential facts and the singular nature of the offense are not discussed. The Cambodian campaign as an attempt to cut the jungle supply lines into Vietnam through the dense coverage in neighboring Cambodia. The problem was that the president, Nixon, ordered the destruction of the country without telling the public and without full informing Congress. Records were destroyed and a conspiratorial silence hid the perfidy. Which makes the campaign one of the biggest crimes in White House history.

In the portion regarding My Lai, the reality of the slaughter of innocents is reduced to “operations” and an “incident” a sort of “mistakes were made” language redolent of W’s administration. My Lai is a painful day in US history. And we must look at it straight in the face if we are ever to move on from it.

The whole website as a PR effort is an indictment on the US military for bowing to the blinding light of unfettered patriotism.


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jrj1701 April 18, 2014 at 5:35 am

This is an issue that has always confounded and frustrated me, it is an unfortunate reality that war is hell, and that there are those with a vested interest in provoking our emotions and sending us to war. How many incidents, once the facts were known, were nothing but a means to strike fear and anger into the hearts of the majority and thus lead us into unnecessary warfare. And here they go again, trying to spin the facts so they look good to those of honor and integrity. The truth must be made known and never covered up so that we can break this cycle of being manipulated into violence.

Daniel Russ April 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm

This country lies to the public as a matter of course and frankly it has never really been different. It only seems like this is the worst generation of yellow journalism and corrupt government. It isn’t.

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