Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman

Robert Freeman writes about economics and education. He is the author of The Best One-Hour History series which includes World War I, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, and other titles.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Vietnam War Protesters: Heroes or Traitors?
For fifty years the protesters of the Vietnam War have posed a challenge to American culture. What should we make of them? Were they rightful civic activists, facing down institutional injustice? Or were they providing “aid and comfort to the enemy,” the phrase used in the Constitution to define...
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A U.S. B-66 Destroyer and F-105 Thunderchief dropping bombs on North Vietnam during Operation Rolling Thunder on June 14, 1966. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Views
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Does Vietnam Even Matter Any More? Does Ken Burns?
Do you remember when, in first grade, you made mosaics out of colored construction paper? You carefully cut the different pieces of paper into little half inch tiles and patiently pasted them onto a bigger paper with many other little tiles to make a picture of a whale, or George Washington, or a...
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Monday, October 09, 2017
Why the US Lost the Vietnam War
For all of the self-satisfied voyeurism surrounding the Vietnam War, it’s hard to find a concrete idea about why the U.S. lost. For more than a decade, the U.S. had declared that it would not let Vietnam fall to the communists. Yet, Vietnam fell to the communists. Why? The absence of a clear...
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Choosing Quagmire: The Essential Context of Vietnam
This was the source of the quagmire and, ultimately, the tragedy of Vietnam: the U.S. couldn't manage to stay out; but it could never manage to win.
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
There Is No Rehabilitating the Vietnam War
Since the day it ended, in 1975, there have been efforts to rehabilitate the Vietnam War, to make it acceptable, even honorable. After all, there were so many sides to the story, weren’t there? It was so complex, so nuancical. There was real heroism among the troops. Of course, all of this is true...
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Monday, November 21, 2016
The Clean Deal: A Strategy for Healing and Renewal
The country needs to heal. It can do that by renewing itself. Both are possible, but only if the parties put aside their treasured shibboleths and commit to a twenty-first century economic renaissance, a Clean Deal. The harkening to Roosevelt’s New Deal is intentional. Donald Trump’s election was...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016
President Donald Trump and The Great Repudiation
If ever there was a repudiation of "The Establishment," this was it. The most patently unqualified, the most offensive, personally odious presidential candidate in American history has just been elected president. The Groper in Chief. This is not so much an embrace of Donald Trump—his negatives...
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Sunday, February 01, 2015
Did the U.S. Learn Any Lessons From Vietnam?
January 30th was the 47th anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Tet was the tipping point of the Vietnam War, the battle that exposed the lie of “light at the end of the tunnel.” It is worth remembering to see if we can salvage any lessons from it. On January 30th, 1968, the Viet Cong and...
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Cold War 2.0 Not a Likely Win for the U.S.
November marks the 25 th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. One of the totemic structures of the Cold War came down. But with conflict between the U.S. and Russia heating up again, is another Cold War in the offing? More importantly, will Cold War 2.0 end the same as did 1.0, with a U.S...
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Monday, October 20, 2014
ISIS: A Monster Created by the West
It is a laughable routine of the mass media to demonize all of the leaders of U.S. enemies as latter-day Hitlers. Saddam Hussein was a Hitler. Hugo Chavez in Venezuela was a Hitler. Gaddafi in Libya. Assad in Syria. Hillary Clinton recently equated Putin in Russia with Hitler. Finally, however, we...
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