Saturday, April 30, 2005
War, What War?
Today is the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, surely a moment of great historical interest and contemporary relevance given our current struggles in Iraq. Yet the anniversary seems to have gathered little media attention. From what I can tell, the NYT, WaPo, and LAT provide only one story each, all of which focus largely on the changes in Vietnam over the last 30 years. No stories or op-eds attempt to use the anniversary to reexamine the Vietnam War or to use that experience to analyze current U.S. foreign policy. Mind you, I'm not looking for a particular spin here. Both liberals and conservatives can use this experience to advance their arguments. In fact, I would have predicted that both sides would have jumped at the chance to refight the war.