Episode 1025 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will be an exposure of five of the biggest myths (lies) about the Vietnam War. It is the opinion of this writer the forces against the efforts being made by the US in Vietnam to stand up against the rise of world communism put out false information to back up their point of view. Unfortunately much of that false information has become ingrained into many as true facts.
Even the recently aired epic documentary by Ken Burns and his partner Lynn Novick The Vietnam War helped perpetuate some of the most popular misconceptions about the War. To help correct some of these misconceptions, Lan Cao has stepped up to the plate and has knocked five of these low hanging curve balls out of the park.
She is well qualified for the job. Born in Saigon in 1961, she grew up in nearby Cholon. In 1975 upon the fall of Saigon she was taken to Avon, Connecticut where she lived with an American family. Cao received her B.A. in political science from Mount Holyoke College in 1983 and a law degree from Yale Law School. After law school graduation, she worked as a litigation and corporate attorney at a NYC law firm. She also clerked for a federal judge, Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York.
Recently she provided and opinion piece to the Washington Post titled: Five myths about the Vietnam War. In it she addressed and dismantled five popular untruths about the war.
1. The Viet Cong was just a rag tag group of restless youth.
2. The refugees who came to the U.S. were Vietnam’s elite.
3. American soldiers were mostly draftees and uneducated.
4. The VC took over the U.S. Embassy in the Tet Offensive.
5. South Vietnamese soldiers were unwilling and unable to ﬁght.
Listen to episode 1025 of this podcast to discover the real story about these myths about the Vietnam War.