Early photo of Lansdale. Source unknown

Of, By, and For the People: Lansdale’s Strategic Failure in Vietnam

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Major General Edward Geary Lansdale is one of the most influential US military figures to emerge from the Cold War, but his is an ambiguous legend, with the sites of his most notable “victories”: the Philippines and Vietnam continuously embroiled in violent political conflicts for decades after his illustrious departure. How could seemingly successful operations that […]

Terraced fields in Sa Pa

“What the fuck has anything got to do with Vietnam?”

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“What the fuck has anything got to do with Vietnam?” asks the ‘little’ Lebowski at the end of the Coen Brothers’ modern, pre-Inherent Vice stoner-Noir classic, The Big Lebowski. In the film, Lebowski’s friend, the self-righteous Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak (memorably played by John Goodman,) constantly attempts to relate every new experience to the Vietnam War, much to his […]