Magnificent Storyteller Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam

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    David Hoffman

    In 1990 I did interviews with 180 baby boomers talking about their early life during the 1960s for my television series, Making Sense of the Sixties. This is a clip of poet and educator Bill Ehrhart from one of those interviews - a very articulate Vietnam veteran who joined the military with patriotism in his heart. He has written a book on his experiences - Vietnam-Perkasie: A Combat Marine Memoir, Search the word "Vietnam" on my ROgold channel to find more related clips. Including one more by this man. Here is his background of service - W. D. Ehrhart served with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, from early February 1967 to late February 1968. His service number is 2279361. He holds the Purple Heart Medal, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (2), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Cross of Gallantry Meritorious Unit Citation, Civic Action Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Campaign Medal. The last three were all awarded by the now-extinct government of the Republic of Vietnam. He received the PUC and the two Vietnamese unit citations as a member of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. You can find more at his website -www.wdehrhart.com.

ptitmax45
ptitmax45

I saw this guy in a documentary on Netflix a couple years ago and now youtube recommend me this. Those who didn't watch it i strongly recommend it . More people like him talk in it but i don't remember the exact title tho ...

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Rolas So Lit
Rolas So Lit

I watch this from time to time over the years.

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jackie barren
jackie barren

Clever and gentle man.

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Godly Object
Godly Object

Regardless of political leanings, or thoughts on that particular war, my god he's well spoken.

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Alan Prior
Alan Prior

I'm a Brit who in 2020 became a US citizen. My deceased father-in-law could have gone to 'Nam. These libtards who decry US troops as "baby killers"...put them in a jungle with an M16 with AK47 weilding commies and see how they fare.

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Zack lastname
Zack lastname

"War without strategy is just destruction."

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Vidar Granit
Vidar Granit

I'm disgusted by a man who has killed.

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BayX1337
BayX1337

Wait did he meet back with his girlfriend again?

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Synthwave Lover
Synthwave Lover

World War 2 seemed much more direct in what they were doing. The Vietnam War, like its jungles, were a chaotic mess where it was hard to find any order or justification in what the purpose was.

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wrstp
wrstp

His storytelling ability is really extraordinary. The timing, pauses, repetitions and stresses are almost perfect. Small, erratic rapid repetitions of words while searching for the appropriate phrase may look casual, but are well considered and placed, even Obama can improve here just by watching. This video is a real YouTube gem in terms of content and skills.

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wrstp
wrstp

This interview should be required reading at the very beginning of high school in the U.S. and, in fact, required reading for prospective soldiers and English students around the world.

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josephine
josephine

they always lie, just like how they lie about US casualties in the Afghanistan war and blame it on suicide or "friendly fire". but actually no, the afghans just whooped ass.

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Vladshock
Vladshock

We should have never been there.

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Ravic
Ravic

I'm about this guys age. Nobody thought that the Viet Cong were going to welcome us with open arms. He was am idiot.

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Filip Mac
Filip Mac

This man is speaking the truth! Do not support the American propaganda against Cuba, Venezuela, and other nations!

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Slapper 360
Slapper 360

Man, I absolutely would’ve hated it in vietnam. Yikes

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musicandmagic909
musicandmagic909

Violence begets violence

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Nicolai Andersen
Nicolai Andersen

" The longer we stayed in Vietnam, the more Viet Cong there were, because we created them - we produced them". The story of Western post-colonial warfare boiled down to one sentence. Brilliant and depressingly true.

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raph
raph

2:30-5:30 The reason we lost that war.

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Nicos Samios
Nicos Samios

Not guided questions. Just a true monologue. Even if someone doesn't agree, this is his truth. ..and saying that he had 27 cards in first place, you have to have guts to say that. We learn, as long as we live.

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mavrojh
mavrojh

So many parallels with my 3 tours in Iraq. USA, grow the fuck up and stop being a force for evil in the world. Peace.

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hillus herrod
hillus herrod

My dad saved Oliver northes life....wrote a book on it.called BLUES BASTARDS

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hillus herrod
hillus herrod

North America is not your own country...think about it...

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Wish Wash Studios
Wish Wash Studios

What camera is this filmed on?!!

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Etta
Etta

I've read about this man and I have read his works. To actually have the opportunity to see him and hear him speak is a true gift. Thankyou

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KrimsonVagus
KrimsonVagus

5:44 This was our problem in Afghanistan as well. The longer we stayed there, the more Taliban were recruited. Their numbers almost doubled since the 90s.

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gemstateguy
gemstateguy

I'm so sorry that I was part of the destruction that was brought to that country. I was an ignorant, 18 year-old young man who was only doing what he was ordered to do. I didn't even know where Vietnam was until I looked it up on a map as I was on my way over there on a C-141 cargo plane loaded with empty caskets. I'm now 76 years old and not a day goes by that I don't silently pray for forgiveness for what I did. I realize that that's not enough.... but, at this point, it's all I have to offer. I'm sorry. I wish I could forget it all, but in 58 years it still hasn't happened.

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User
User

Soldiers are going through the same things in every subsequent war like iraq and afghanistan.

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stuff
stuff

*erherm*..."magnificent story reveals Vietnam, as seen by a solider"

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Ginestra Ginestra
Ginestra Ginestra

This Vet speaks out the frustrations of soldiers in Viet Nam. It was a very complex conflict, nothing to do with WW2 or Korea. It was a Civil War. Many evaluative mistakes were committed, by the soldiers and by the big Brasses. The biggest mistake of all was not realizing that after the Tet offensive of 1968 the enemy was terminated, decimated, bled, defeated. Instead it was the turning point, in the most unbelievable and absurd misunderstanding it was perceived by the public, by the press and ultimately by politicians in Washington as the proof that the war could not be won. This incredible misinterpretation of military events led to the crumbling of the fighting spirit, made Jhonson despondent and finally brought the USA out of the war. A sad epilogue for a true idealistic and selfless intervention, just when the results of the military campaign could be finally harvested and the Vietnamese people saved form dictatorship.

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ship matches
ship matches

I hope your still with us and well Bill and for the record, YOU COULD NEVER WASTE ANYONE'S TIME ! never mind film.

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Bill is just fine. Please read my description.

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0pda 1
0pda 1

wow the fact they were given the times each week

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Grant Payne
Grant Payne

In other words: Afghanistan

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The One
The One

A cigarette staying alight for 8 eight and a half minutes, those were the days.

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will bradford
will bradford

A VERY telling moment, was when he said , "we were in the middle of a 'LOW-KEY' fire fight...." Dude is the real deal. Dropping gems nonstop. 💜

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Alexander Albach
Alexander Albach

I feel that girl made a huge mistake...

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catheadmoon
catheadmoon

I think that guy's name is Eberhardt and I beat him in a drinking contest one time like 33 or 34 shot's of Tequila on my 21st birthday somewhere I think it was in Copperas Cove Texas near Fort Hood Texas. The point is that sometimes you know frat boys I think get kind of a bad p.r. about it all whenever there's a hazing death because it's really an institutional failure of government to not prepare people for the fact that alcohol is a drug that's actually fairly widely misunderstood the effects of it in a culture that say's you can join the armed forces at age 18 but it's only at age 21 that it's legal to consume alcohol. Basically the long and short of it is that if you consume say more than the proverbial baker's dozen of shots of alcohol and don't then vomit then you're probably genetically predisposed to alcohol poisening.

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Z3PHLAR
Z3PHLAR

But remember folks, government and media would never lie to you

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D Ross
D Ross

His analogies are amazing. No wonder he became a writer and a poet. Goddess and God bless this man.

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todd roman
todd roman

fair play to the guy for being honest, the first first 90 seconds of showing how ignorant and naïve he was and then announcing he is in the intelligence section,,,,, pretty much says it all , I had to laugh lol

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afiat muh
afiat muh

I think they will soon make new version of this "Afghanistan Edition"

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Cory Brown
Cory Brown

I used to speak to a homeless man from my hometown who was a medic in Vietnam. The stories he who tell me sometimes would scare me right to my core. I can not imagine what these soldiers had to go through.

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For the Omnissiah
For the Omnissiah

9:55 "I could read about what these important people were talking about but I look around and that ISN'T what's going on" that's literally mainstream media to this day. It's all smoke and mirrors. For EVER mainstream media has been through a heavily fogged lens, and that hasn't changed.

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TjenkinsandAige
TjenkinsandAige

How many insightful story tellers didn’t make it home? How many brothers? How many sons?

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gaoasiadragon
gaoasiadragon

it's happening the same in Afghanistan

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Sharon Hooper
Sharon Hooper

…and then what happened

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Unfortunately Sharon, I do not know. I only have one of the three Betacam SP videotapes are recorded back then. The other two have been lost due to a fire. David Hoffman filmmaker

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E Stanley Rosales
E Stanley Rosales

Great video! Where is the ending?

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E Stanley Rosales
E Stanley Rosales

@David Hoffman Oh man! I would love to watch the others! I always wanted to know about the war from an actual soldier and not what the media tells you! Thank you!

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Unfortunately, I only have one of the three Betacam SP videos I recorded back then. The other two were destroyed in a fire.

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Nigel Leggett
Nigel Leggett

Just like Afghanistan you can't change a culture

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Hector Rodriz
Hector Rodriz

This man is no mindless jock or war dog or whatever. He's so.articulate, so insightful. I'm so glad that a mind like his made it back to tell the tale. And what a horrible tale that is. Of course, one soldier killed in a dumb war for profit is one too many.

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wulfrvm
wulfrvm

i cant tell if thats the fakest looking real moustache or the realest looking fake moustache

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Aaron Daytona
Aaron Daytona

This guy is awesome!

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Aaron Daytona
Aaron Daytona

I love when he said “the whole country smelled bad, it burnt the nose” 😂

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Joshua .S
Joshua .S

This was fantastic. It's nice to just hear a soldier's story from Vietnam and how it was, not the culture clash or the biased views of both left and right but just a guy saying what he saw and how he felt.

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Suicide headaches
Suicide headaches

where is the full interview??

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DeadEyeDan16
DeadEyeDan16

I feel enlightened after listening to this man.

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Schaefer Accounting
Schaefer Accounting

He did his job and that should have been it. But hey, if a feelings session helps him, great. That's what the world needs. More fucking feelings. A my real man doesn't talk about what he had to do in a war.

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Jolinda McBride
Jolinda McBride

My uncle lost 167 men under his command and this young man's testimony helped me validate it

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Jolinda McBride
Jolinda McBride

That's the most intelligent thing that I have heard today

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Jolinda McBride
Jolinda McBride

War is not an answer to anything....its a solution to fear

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Silentt29
Silentt29

Thanks!

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Thank you so much for your support. It matters. David Hoffman filmmaker

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J B
J B

I didn’t know Howard Stern was in Nam.

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Saucy Revenge
Saucy Revenge

If only I could tell him he wasn't wasting any film and that every second he took to think was worth the decades it took for me to find this gem. Thank you.

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Thank you for your comment. If your resources allow, I would sure appreciate your using the THANKS button under any of my videos including the one you have commented on. It is something new that YouTube is beta testing and would mean a great deal for my continuing efforts. David Hoffman filmmaker

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Liam Barnett
Liam Barnett

The US needs to realise that it is not the world's peacekeeper, no one wants/needs it's help

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P2dalow 420
P2dalow 420

Howard? Is that you?

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Ron Helton
Ron Helton

Ron Paul

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Old Ironsides
Old Ironsides

Guy in thumbnail must have a deep incredible line of frilly wigs.

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charlie cross
charlie cross

Enjoyed this cheers, have a good night all

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TO
TO

Vietnamese welcoming him? He was a bit naïve in the 60s.

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noflamejustafk
noflamejustafk

This is eerily similar to my experiences in Afghanistan

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OLYMPIA HINZ
OLYMPIA HINZ

thank you for your service

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Jeffrey Simmons
Jeffrey Simmons

My Brother served two tours in Viet Nam. He came home a different person. He died in 2014 from Agent Orange related illnesses. The United States government should have done more for the Men and Women who were made to serve in this meat grinder of a conflict. God Bless you all

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dwoodog
dwoodog

I love hearing things like this right from the horses mouth so to speak. Very interesting.

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David Ben-Abraham
David Ben-Abraham

In short: The US, during the eleven-year protracted war in Vietnam, sought to maintain the West's colonial hegemony over the South Vietnamese people, while the fighters in, both, North Vietnam (Viet Cong), as well as many of the common people in the South itself, sought to be released from colonial oppression. Had JFK had his way, American troops and advisers would have all departed Vietnam over the space of a little more than one year. Lyndon B. Johnson, who took the helm of the US government after JFK's untimely death, wanted the war to go on.

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Silver Saber
Silver Saber

Afghanistan is the Vietnam war of 21st century.

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Geronimo Carlos Martinez Ganzo
Geronimo Carlos Martinez Ganzo

That why they loose Vietnam... because no one wait there with hands open...

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Moe
Moe

It's shame and/or resources. Nothing learnt by fellow americans. Decay, on your own ideologies. It's coming.

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Moe
Moe

usa will decay by its gov toxins and its people ignorance. It's coming. No outside interference as projected. Promised and its coming.

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Nick Steuber
Nick Steuber

how can someone be so reflected and not self reflected on how important a story is at the same time ("Im waisting your film"). great guy nevertheless

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Daylan Poore
Daylan Poore

I come back and watch this about once a month just to tryin gain slightest bit of his intelligence/this man was 50yrs ahead of his times

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Coreh Martinushkevich
Coreh Martinushkevich

11:20 it's so that the homelands unwittingly support the war and create a controversial divide amongst those who did or didn't support it.

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frawldog
frawldog

🇻🇳 👍

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Nickonizer
Nickonizer

im saving this for future use, I have a feeling ill be coming back to this goldmine in the future

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Mango Mangay
Mango Mangay

Reminder that LBJ supplied the United States with bombs from a company in which his wife was a majority stock holder. And The Gulf of Tonkin was a hoax. As is the pretext for every American war. Kill your local CIA operative.

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al altest
al altest

The same devils are still there and doing the same killings for the same reasons! this world will not have real peace as long as USA stay a warmongering superpower.

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Art Sonnevelt
Art Sonnevelt

I wasn't expecting to see the human side of a war criminal

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Eric Vidal
Eric Vidal

Seems like a vers smart man

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SOULREBELABYSS
SOULREBELABYSS

Just thank god you weren't a black Vietnam vet. Sky was the limit when you got back. Wahhh waaaahhh 👶

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snaggletooth 70
snaggletooth 70

Is this cat still alive today i wonder

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Read the description please. Very much alive.

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Dashmir Veliu
Dashmir Veliu

Truly insightful, thank you so much for posting this

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David Hoffman
David Hoffman

Thank you for your comment. If your resources allow, I would sure appreciate your using the THANKS button under any of my videos including the one you have commented on. It is something new that YouTube is beta testing and would mean a great deal for my continuing efforts. David Hoffman filmmaker

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Brian Vinther
Brian Vinther

Making his girlfriend an icon... "You were...Jenny" (F.Gump)

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Tony M
Tony M

This got over 8k thumbs down? Likely right wing nationalists who can't believe that our country has made many historical mistakes... the people who will lead us into this type of action again...

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joey101
joey101

Don’t talk out of hate. People on the right and left are responsible. The American people are responsible.

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Fenderman
Fenderman

He’s right, people living in the states have no idea what’s actually going on overseas

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Crooked Paths
Crooked Paths

His first view returning to the USA was of impenetrable fog - a metaphor for his whole experience in Vietnam.

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Outside The Box
Outside The Box

I never knew jeff Foxworthy was a veteran .....

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Aaron Catalano
Aaron Catalano

If Howard Stern and Weird Al had a baby.

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HoosierMan34
HoosierMan34

It's interesting to think about the disconnect between what the media was saying compared to what this guy saw on the ground. Seems as though NOTHING much has changed...

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thomas darby
thomas darby

everyone reading this I have an importing message that will change your day . . . . . GO FUCK YOUR SELF

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Boyd Grandy
Boyd Grandy

Viet Nam was a proxy war against the Soviet Union, who directly supported North Viet Nam with weapons, material, training and on-ground leadership. Kennedy and others, subscribed to the theory that if South Viet Nam fell to the NVA/Soviets, the rest of Southeast Asia was also at risk. Lyndon Johnson, eager to seem like an FDR type leader, vastly expanded the US air and ground presence in the Republic of South Viet Nam in 1964, in order to put a stop to Soviet interests there, while placing insane ROE restrictions on our forces. Viet Nam was a fuckup from start to finish, brought to you by LBJ and the chief whiz kid Robert McNamara and enabled by such mediocrities as General William Westmoreland. A lot of factors went in to the US withdrawal from the region in '75, but the primary foe was always the USSR, right up to the day that it collapsed under the weight of 70 years of false promises and murder. Turns out, the folks in the north were more interested in getting rid of the old French inspired regime in the south and to finally get everybody from Europe, the US and the West in general out of Viet Nam. By the way, nobody was more surprised at the reaction of the US public to the Tet offensive in '68, where the Viet Cong literally ceased to exist as an asymmetrical war fighting force, than NVA General Giap, who knew how badly that effort had gone for the VC and NVA. Some of that reaction can be placed on Walter Cronkite acting in a fit of pique because Westmoreland wouldn't let him have access to OpSec data, some on the standard fecklessness of US politicians, and other embedded sources in the US. We never had an exit strategy, or even a well defined war aim for Afghanistan, the place where western armies go to die. By this time next year, the Taliban and the other Afghans will have happily returned to their normal way of life when not occupied by Western powers, which is retail murder of each other. So much for seeding democracy and nation building.

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Jeff The Pharaoh
Jeff  The Pharaoh

Back in Iraq 🇮🇶 …..

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Renee Charles
Renee Charles

Bill,my bro was tagged awol and sent to Fed prison.He has anger,im his sis,so do i. Thank u for making it clear to me.

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First Last
First Last

He looks like Howard Stern

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ThereAreHotAliensOnMarsTrustMe
ThereAreHotAliensOnMarsTrustMe

Either you assert control and build a government whilst integrating the local population. Or you stay away, because you have no goal and therefore will fail. I am no expert on colonialism. But it makes more sense to profit from a country rather than to have wars without end.

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Beejee Pacha
Beejee Pacha

This guy should have been hired as an actor, or a TV presenter. How come the most charismatic people are the ones who never make it in Hollywood?

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Mark Walker
Mark Walker

...and nothing has changed. "Weapons of mass destruction" Ya right George. Nothing changes. The world turns, century after century and NOTHING changes. From the Crusades, to World War II to Afghanistan. If it wasn't so sad it would be comical. After all these years, has anyone looked into any of the numerous questions regarding 911? In any murder investigation (except JFK) even one of these questions would be delved into. Nope. We are just pawns. I can never get the image of the "falling man" out of my head. Just a normal day, went into work like every day, then......... Like this guy in the video. A young kid. A pawn in a great game played by old men.

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