This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers, which confirmed that U.S. leaders lied about the Vietnam War and sent American troops to fight a war they knew was unwinnable and that many considered unjust. The soldiers who served in the war knew that already, and many returned from Vietnam to speak out for peace. This issue of Peace Policy examines the antiwar movement that emerged in the military and among veterans during the Vietnam War and reflects on some of the lessons of that movement for today.
In April 1971, more than a thousand Vietnam veterans descended on Washington, DC, for a series of antiwar actions dubbed Dewey Canyon III, “a limited incursion into the land of Congress.” For a week the veterans demonstrated and lobbied government officials to end the...
The ignominies of the U.S. war in Vietnam are well known, as recounted in Chuck Searcy’s essay. Less well known is the rebellion in the ranks known as “the GI Movement,” which David Cortright discusses in his article. Active duty servicepersons circulated dissident...
When I flew out of Viet Nam in 1968, it was with huge relief that I was departing safely after a tumultuous year that made clear to me and the world that America would never win this war. But I was also troubled, confused, and angry. The Vietnamese people were...
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