Viet Nam Full Disclosure

The Viet Nam Full Disclosure Campaign is a national project of Veterans For Peace. Most of the information presented here has been pulled from the VFP Full Disclosure website. The purpose of this campaign is to present to the American people an accurate history of the American war in Viet Nam. The organizers have done this for historical accuracy, and to look at the impact of the war on the Vietnamese and American people – including servicemen and women and their families. Most importantly, they hope to prevent future unnecessary, brutal acts of intervention.

Mission statement: The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Viet Nam — which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon’s current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars.

If you would like to join the Full Disclosure Listserv you will need a Google account. Then go to, log in, and request to join the group. for more information see the bottom of this page. The listserv contains much valuable commentary and insight on the American War in Viet Nam. Look through the listserv archives for a host of insightful comments on the Burns and Novick documentary on the Vietnam War for the Public Broadcasting System.

Peace in our Times Viet Nam Full Disclosure Issue, 2nd Edition (Summer 2017). This is a special issue on Vietnam Full Disclosure. The link is to a pdf file which can be downloaded. Peace in our Times is an excellent quarterly newspaper published by Veterans For Peace providing information and insights on progressive causes around the world. You can subscribe to the print version or download electronic copies of back issues from the archives here.

Burns and Novick documentary on the Viet Nam War. This is the 10-episode 18-hour documentary shown on PBS. Burns and Novick have brought together a huge amount of material, some of which will be new to most people. They have interviewed soldiers, peace activists, Vietnamese soldiers, and Vietnamese civilians. It is a very good vehicle for initiating discussion about the war and about America’s role in the world today, what it is and what it should be. There are criticisms of emphasis, things not emphasized that should have been, and criticisms that the overall tenor of the documentary seems designed to make Americans feel good rather than questioning America’s foreign policy of empire building, exerting hegemony over the entire world and maximizing corporate profits.

Reflections on the Burns and Novick documentary by Doug Rawlings of Veterans For Peace. More reflections, comments, analyses and criticisms can be found on the Full Disclosure website, and even more in the archives of the Full Disclosure Listserv (Google Group). Also see the issue of Peace in our Times already remarked upon, as well as other issues.

2018 Full Disclosure 50th Anniversary Calendar. A Commemorative Calendar for your downloading edification and pleasure. It is a 2018 calendar with appropriate holidays listed (in italics), but the entries commemorate 50 years ago. 1968 was a decisive and brutal year in the American war in Vietnam and it is both appropriate and important to remind people of the events of that year, especially in these dangerous times.   The focus is on events related to the war—they are in bold—but also include other items, global and domestic, from that year.

The Pentagon’s Viet Nam War Commemoration. This is the Pentagon’s website to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American War in Viet Nam, as ordered by President Obama. It appears to try to mythologize the war as a noble cause that somehow went wrong. It would like to make Americans feel good about themselves and sink once again into complacency to the wars being waged all around the world based on the same imperialistic and profiteering policies. The Veterans For Peace Full Disclosure Campaign was initiated in large part to counterbalance the lies, distortions and omissions in the Pentagon Commemoration.

Fact-Checking the Pentagon’s Viet Nam War Commemoration, by journalist Arnold R. Isaacs. Mr. Isaacs points out a number of inaccuracies in the Pentagon Commemoration. He is the author of Without Honor: Defeat in Vietnam and Cambodia and Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, and Its Legacy.


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