Episode 1089 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature the opinions of an insider relating to the Pentagon Papers and the upcoming movie The Post now playing in select theaters and everywhere else beginning on January 12, 2018. The insider is Leslie Gelb and his comments about the movie were aired in a story on WBUR of Boston titled: Key Pentagon Papers Figure Dispels ‘Baloney’ Myths — But He’ll Still See ‘The Post’.
The Post is a drama film starring Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the publisher of the same paper. The movie deals with the challenges presented to the Washington Post and other media outlets when Daniel Ellsberg leaked the top secret research file known as the Pentagon Papers done for then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Ellsberg worked on the file while employed at the Pentagon until he was conscience driven to leave the pentagon and leak the Papers.
Leslie Gelb is a former correspondent and columnist for The New York Times, a former senior Defense and State Department official, and currently President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. His duty at the Pentagon was director of Policy Planning and Arms Control for International Security Affairs from 1967 to 1969. He obviously preformed well because he was presented with the Pentagon’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.
On June 17, 1967, Robert McNamara set up the Vietnam Study Task Force for the purpose of writing an “encyclopedic history of the Vietnam War.” Leslie Gelb was selected to head up the project. The results were officially known as United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense. That is the report Daniel Ellsberg decided to leak to the press in 1971.
Listen to episode 1089 of this podcast and discover what Leslie Gelb has to say about the Pentagon Papers and and what to look for if decide to watch the movie “The Post.”