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The Vietnam War: How it Became a Story of Drugs, Sex, Rock-n-Roll, and Official Corruption

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Until the advent of the War on Terror centered on Afghanistan, the Vietnam War ranked as the United States’ longest war. Starting where the French left off in 1954, the United States made Vietnam a pressure point against the spread of communism across the globe. Using George Kennan’s containment philosophy, certainly improperly, the United States was determined, in the words of President John F. Kennedy, to “pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

President Lyndon Johnson, as it turned out, was not as interested in the containment of communism as he was in not being the first president to lose a war. So when JFK said “pay any price,” what Americans had not counted on was what that war would cost in the death of honesty, integrity, and trust. After the Tet Offense of 1968, America’s most trusted man, Walter Cronkite, traveled to Vietnam and returned convinced that the war was unwinnable, despite the promises of civilian and military leaders. From that point on, the political and social dominoes fell rapidly.

The Pentagon Papers, Watergate, the counterculture, free love, and drugs all pointed to corruption filtering through society from the highest to lowest levels. This class will explore that corruption from DC to America’s streets to the illegal bombing of Laos and Cambodia to the GI hooches in Vietnam. Those registering for this class will receive a free copy of Gary Skogen’s personal wartime account, Not All Heroes: An Unapologetic Memoir of the Vietnam War 1971-1972.

Class Details

2 Session(s)
Weekly - Thu

BSC Nat'l Energy Center of Excellence

Larry Skogen 



Registration Closes On
Thursday, November 3, 2022 @ 11:59 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/3/2022 - 11/10/2022 Weekly - Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bismarck, BSC Natl Energy Center of Excellence  Map, Room: 304 Larry Skogen 

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