Episode 2649 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature an opinion piece about Vietnam Mark Moyar’s contention that the Vietnam War was a noble cause. The opinion piece appeared on The American Greatness website and was titled: Vietnam Veterans and the Vietnam War. It was submitted by Mark Moyar.
Moyar is the former Director of the Office for Civilian-Military Cooperation at the US Agency for International Development. He currently serves as the William P. Harris Chair of Military History at Hillsdale College. He served previously as the Director of the Project on Military and Diplomatic History at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has been a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and a member of the Hoover Institution Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict.
He has appeared on this podcast in three previous episodes. You are encouraged to listen to them and to get his book Triumph Regained.
In this episode, Moyar describes the transition of American thought from disdain to the Vietnam War and the Americans who served in the war to the realization the Vietnam War was a noble cause.
Moyar began his piece with this: On July 10, 1969, Seattle held a parade for the first U.S. Army brigade to be withdrawn from Vietnam. The city’s residents waved American flags and girls threw red roses while a band piped “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” The scene was indistinguishable from the receptions for American troops returning from World War II and the Korean War, with one crucial exception. A small group of protesters, about 50 in total, were on hand to jeer the troops and the war they had been fighting. Despite their modest numbers, the demonstrators received so much press coverage that Pentagon officials held no more homecoming events for returning troops.
Moyar ended his piece with this statement, They can find solace in histories showing that the Vietnam War was, as Ronald Reagan put it, “a noble cause.”
Listen to episode 2649 and discover more about Vietnam Mark Moyar’s contention that the Vietnam War was a noble cause. inspiring story of service to his new country both on and off the battlefield.