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  • SunTzu, VietNam Veteran's Edition.

    07/29/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 4 replies
    Had this idea while chatting on another thread. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3318260/posts?page=42 I thought this might provoke some interesting insights from veterans. Sun Tzu wrote "The Art of War", many people are familiar with. If you were to add your own proverb or paragraph of wisdom about VietNam to instruct future generations, what would it be? Thank you for your service.
  • A rap anthem called (Bleep) Communism' is going viral in Vietnam

    07/29/2015 2:15:10 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 55 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Patrick Winn
  • Trump’s ‘da Man!

    07/29/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/29/15 | Ed Wood
    I do realize that everyone from Charles Krauthammer to the recently escaped Mexican drug lord, El Chapo, is “piling on” Donald Trump for his straight-forward remarks. Well, being the contrarian that I am, I am going to come down on the side of Mr. Trump! Do I like him? No. Never have. I don’t like his swagger, his cockiness, his arrogance. And I certainly don’t care for that mop of comb-over fake hair. But they say the difference between egotism and self-assurance is the ability to produce. By any measure, he Donald Trump Donald Trump certainly wins that contest, both...
  • America Learns of a Pampered and Protected John McCain

    07/25/2015 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Did Richard Nixon pardon John “Songbird” McCain of charges as serious as treason and did our defunct mainstream media hide this horrific side of a man who would have been our president in 2008, save only for a Black being on the ticket? What is the truth here? “Colonel Ted Guy was preparing criminal charges against John McCain when Nixon took Admiral McCain’s little boy under his wing. Where are McCain’s 32 propaganda tapes that were made during Vietnam and broadcast over the radio to US troops?” asks Gordon Duff, a disabled, Marine combat veteran of Vietnam writing about the...
  • More Republicans Like Trump Than McCain, New Poll Finds (Rasmussen Reports)

    07/23/2015 8:11:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | July 23, 2015 | Miriam Wasser
    A recent poll found that more Republican voters have a favorable view of presidential candidate Donald Trump than they do of Arizona's long-time U.S. Senator, John McCain. The telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 people on July 20 and 21 and revealed that at least 52 percent of likely Republican voters reported having at least a somewhat favorable view of Trump, while 51 percent feel that way about McCain. The margin of error for the study, +/- 3 percent, is greater than the difference in results, but when asked if they have a very favorable view of the...
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up

    07/23/2015 10:58:46 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 24 replies
    The American Conservative .com ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
  • Exploding the myth that brave Kerry said "send me!" to the fight... in his own words!

    08/11/2004 6:18:11 AM PDT · by adam_az · 51 replies · 2,834+ views
    Various sources | 8/11/04 | Adam_az
    John Kerry has made a number of contradictory claims about what exactly he signed up for when he signed up for the Swift boats. I cite various primary sources in an attempt to discover what it was that Kerry actually signed up for. In summary, when Kerry signed up for the Swift boats, they were used as coastal patrol boats and were one of the safest assignments in Vietnam. Two weeks into Kerry's Swift Boat assignment, they decided to use the boats on the Mekong river. Kerry and his supporters have made multiple contradictory claims about his Swift boat service...
  • Are we finally meeting the real John McCain?

    07/23/2015 9:36:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/23/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “None of that is true!. . .I used to meet with him (McCain) in my office at the end of the day and debate with him. . .we debated quite fiercely but there was never any personal prejudice between us; the debate was between two men in a manly style. But after that we were quite friendly. We didn’t take it personally,” said Tran Trong Duyet, McCain’s jailer, in 2008 when Duyet was aged 75. But after his release from the Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison), John Sidney McCain, Navy pilot and son of Adm. John McCain, Jr., commander of...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • New national GOP frontrunner: McCain is a hero, and if there was a misunderstanding,

    07/21/2015 3:13:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The Journal calls it Trump’s attempt to make peace with the GOP after two days of heavy breathing over the McCain comments. It’s not an apology, but Mediaite is right that it’s probably as close as he gets to an apology. Which is good, because only RINOs apologize. He insists here that he didn’t really say what everyone heard him say this past weekend about McCain, which is interesting given that Trump fans have spent the last three days claiming that what he said was correct. Trump keeps pointing in interviews to this “fact check” by Sharyl Attkisson, who took...
  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • POW case haunts McCain's image as war hero

    07/21/2015 4:13:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    WND ^ | Jerome R. Corsi
    Though he immediately backtracked, presidential candidate Donald Trump reopened the controversy over Sen. John McCain’s service during the Vietnam War and his subsequent handling of the post-war POW issue by questioning whether the Arizona Republican should be regarded as a hero. McCain, whose father and grandfather were four-star Navy admirals, has been commended throughout his career in the Senate for enduring five-and-a-half years in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison in North Vietnam. But various critics, including Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Sydney H. Schanberg, have charged that McCain, working with fellow Vietnam veteran and then-Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., suppressed information about...
  • Hanoi’s Capitalist Revolution

    07/21/2015 8:13:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    City Journal ^ | July 21, 2015 | Michael J. Totten
    After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Hanoi, capital of a now-unified, Communist Vietnam, was a bombed-out disasterscape. Residents lived under an egalitarian reign of terror. The grim ideologues who ran the country forbade citizens to socialize with or even speak to the few foreign visitors. People queued up in long lines past government stores with bare shelves to exchange ration coupons for meager handfuls of rice. The only traffic on the street was the occasional bicycle. Since then, however, Hanoi has transformed itself more dramatically than almost any other city in the world. Today, the city is an explosive...
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up

    07/21/2015 7:13:52 AM PDT · by Homer1 · 13 replies
    Theamericanconsetvative.com ^ | 7/1/2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence...
  • Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • One True American Hero: Admiral James B. Stockdale (Hostage)

    07/21/2015 3:10:02 AM PDT · by Hostage · 10 replies
    Home of Heroes and Free Republic ^ | July 21, 2015 and 1976 | Hostage and Military Archives
    There are heroes and then there are charlatans. To detect who is which requires one to observe over time the sincerity of the person. Here are described the acts of one true American hero: ADMIRAL JAMES B. STOCKDALE The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to STOCKDALE, JAMES B.Rank and organization: Rear Admiral (then Captain), U.S. Navy. Place and date: Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam, 4 September 1969. Entered service at: Abingdon, Ill. Born: 23 December 1923, Abingdon, Ill..Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the...
  • Attacking Donald Trump seems to only make him stronger

    07/20/2015 5:56:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eugene Robinson
    Don’t be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger. Why should anyone pay the slightest attention to the Trump circus? Because the most recent polls — to the GOP establishment’s great consternation — show him in first place. Also because Trump, rather than any of his more experienced rivals, is setting the agenda for the race. On Saturday, he committed what...
  • Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump is a ‘jackass’

    07/20/2015 5:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eliza Collins
    Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks real-estate mogul Donald Trump is a “jackass” and his comments about Sen. John McCain were the beginning of the end of his candidacy. “He’s bringing his name down and he’s not helping the process and he shouldn’t be commander in chief,” Graham said. The South Carolina senator was speaking on CNN’s “Out Front” on Monday, responding to Trump’s Saturday comment that McCain was not an American hero because he was taken prisoner by North Vietnamese forces. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who...
  • The wife of a Vietnam POW/MIA has gotten nothing but lies from the U.S. government

    07/20/2015 9:11:39 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 40 replies
    http://www.vietnow.com ^ | Carol Hrdlicka
    ...His jet was hit by ground fire, and David was forced to eject, parachuting into a valley near a village. As his parachute deployed, his wingman watched him descend, and saw him captured as he landed. David’s capture in Laos was published in a North Vietnamese newspaper, Quan Nahn Dan... One of the committees I testified before was the 1992 Senate Select Committee Hearings on POW/MIA. John Kerry and John McCain did everything to keep the truth from coming out and ignored all the evidence. Three former Secretaries of Defense testified that men had been left behind, but Kerry and...
  • Mr. Trump’s curious remark about John McCain’s time as a POW: Misstep or trap?

    07/20/2015 8:38:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/20/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    What could Donald Trump have been thinking when he said John McCain was not a war hero? Certainly he must have known it would lead to the end of a political career – but the question now is: Whose political career? The media – even the putatively conservative New York Post – is gleefully saying, “Trump is toast after insult: ‘McCain not a war hero’ Don Voyage!” Is this true; or is this media wishful thinking so they can go back to telling us how wonderful Jeb Bush is? Wishful thinking is a dangerous thing in all walks of life...
  • Trump’s Dismissal of McCain’s Heroism Shows Lack of Judgment and Decency, And Is Also Dead Wrong

    07/19/2015 4:17:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    REASON ^ | 07/19/2015 | Matt Welch
    What has gone underplayed in today's widespread outrage over Donald Trump's dismissal of John McCain's war heroism is that the GOP national-poll front-runner's comments, besides demonstrating an idiocratic lack of basic human judgment and decency, are also dead wrong. Because this is Donald Trump, and Donald Trump is a vulgar anti-intellect who cannot string a coherent paragraph together, his full statement contradicts itself several times within 57 short words. So let's just focus on the bolded part from his remarks: He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured—OK, I...
  • Trump Awakens Kerry’s Vietnam Anger With Slam On McCain

    07/19/2015 3:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 19, 2015 | Mike Barnicle
    The Iran nuclear deal that could prevent a war must have evoked another deal to end a war almost 50 years ago in the Secretary of State.John Kerry was angry. “Listen to this. Listen to what Trump just said about John McCain,” Kerry was saying over the phone. “ ‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’ ” “That’s unbelievable,” Kerry said. “That’s beyond outrageous.” “John and I have some serious differences on a lot of things but he is nothing other than a hero and a good man....
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up: The 'war hero' candidate buried information about POWs left behind...

    07/19/2015 10:40:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 59 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
  • The Upshot: The Trump Campaign’s Turning Point

    07/19/2015 2:04:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    MSN / The New York Times ^ | July 18, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Donald Trump’s surge in the polls has followed the classic pattern of a media-driven surge. Now it will follow the classic pattern of a party-backed collapse. Mr. Trump’s candidacy probably reached an inflection point on Saturday after he essentially criticized John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War. Republican campaigns and elites quickly moved to condemn his comments — a shift that will probably mark the moment when Trump’s candidacy went from boom to bust. His support will erode as the tone of coverage shifts from publicizing his anti-establishment and anti-immigration views, which have some resonance in the party,...
  • After Diplomatic Disappointments, Iran Deal Vindicates Kerry

    07/18/2015 6:44:25 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    ABC News, AP ^ | July 18, 2015 | MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer
    For John Kerry, vindication came at midnight. As last Monday became Tuesday in Vienna, the U.S. secretary of state picked up the telephone in his first-floor room at the ornate, 19th-century Palais Coburg and dialed the White House. We have a deal, Kerry told President Barack Obama. After nearly 18 days of intense, often fractious and highly technical negotiations in the Austrian capital, he reported an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. All that remained was cleaning up the written details, Kerry said, a task that would be completed in the wee hours of Tuesday...
  • Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up: Refuses to Rule Out Third Party Bid (Bushies "We've finally got him")

    07/18/2015 3:58:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Ames, Iowa - Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination. There had been considerable public evidence of both long before his appearance here today at the Family Leader Summit but Trump, who is leading several national polls of the Republican primary, erased any doubt with comments he made about Senator John McCain and a prospective independent bid. Trump was answering questions from Republican pollster Frank Luntz on stage when he declared that John...
  • Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years (Vietnam conscientious objector?)

    07/18/2015 2:16:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/18/15 | Michael Kranish
    In the fall of 1967, when a 14-year-old Texan named John Ellis Bush arrived on the bucolic campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, great expectations preceded him. -snip- A few weeks after graduation, on July 16, 1971, Bush filled out an index card on which he registered for the draft. (A copy of the card was obtained by the Globe under the Freedom of Information Act.) On the line requesting a contact, he listed his father, who continued to serve as Nixon’s United Nations ambassador: “Amb. George H. W. Bush, Waldorf Towers . . . New York City.” Bush received...
  • Deferments Helped Trump Dodge Vietnam

    07/18/2015 11:37:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 142 replies
    Despite Donald Trump’s claim this week that he avoided serving in the Vietnam War solely due to a high draft number, Selective Service records show that the purported presidential aspirant actually received a series of student deferments while in college and then topped those off with a medical deferment after graduation that helped spare him from fighting for his country, The Smoking Gun has learned. During a TV interview Tuesday morning, Trump--who spent his high school years enrolled at the New York Military Academy--said, “I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number. I’ll never forget, that...
  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, ‘Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes’

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • C-Span To Repeat Coverage of Congressional Commemoration of Fiftieth Anniversary of Vietnam War

    07/11/2015 6:46:41 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 4 replies
    C-Span | 11 July, 2015
    C-Span has just aired a replay of the Wednesday ceremony held by the US Congress to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. Congressional leaders and current members, the Secretary of Defense, and past members of Congress who had served in Vietnam spoke about the war, its significance in the history of the country, and the sacrifice of those who served as well as the debt of gratitude the country owes them to this day. When Boehner finally got around to presenting at the end of the program he announced that a lapel pin had bee...
  • Vietnam to Procure 2 more Gepard 3.9 class Frigates & Considering 4 Tarantul-class Corvettes

    07/11/2015 1:15:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 11 July 2015
    Vietnam and Russia are in the final stages of negotiation for the sale of two Gepard-3.9 class (Project 11661) light stealth frigates. The Vietnam People's Navy is also considering the procurement of 4 more Tarantul-class (Project 1241.8). Vietnames People's Navy Gepard 3.9 class (Project 1166.1E) Frigate (picture: Zelenodolsk) Vietnam already has two Russian-made Gepard 3.9 class light frigates, with two more currently undergoing final systems outfitting. The extra procurement of two more frigates would bring the total inventory to 6 vessels of this class in the Vietnam People's Navy fleet. According to its builder, Zelenodolsk shipyard, the Vietnamese Gepard 3.9...
  • Kerry doesn't view Russia as existential threat: State Department

    07/10/2015 4:51:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 10, 2015 | by David Brunnstrom
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry does not agree with the Marine Corps general nominated to be America's next top uniformed commander that Russia poses an existential threat to the United States, a spokesman said. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Kerry did not share the assessment, even though Russia's actions in Ukraine posed regional security challenges. "The secretary doesn't agree with the assessment that Russia is an existential threat to the United States, nor China, quite frankly," Toner told a regular news briefing. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Thursday that the administration was mindful of Russia's...
  • Obama hosts Vietnam Communist Party chief at White House

    07/07/2015 12:02:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | 7 JUL 2015
    WASHINGTON --President Obama said Tuesday that despite differences between the United States and Vietnam over "political philosophy," the two countries are deepening cooperation on health, climate and other issues. Obama spoke following an Oval Office meeting with Nguyen Phu Trong, the head of Vietnam's Communist Party. Trong is the de facto leader of Vietnam despite holding no official government post.
  • US prez candidate Jindal says India desperate for US leadership

    07/07/2015 12:55:33 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    Republican presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal has sought steps by the United States to take the mantel of global leadership saying even non-aligned nations like India and Vietnam are desperate and hungry for American leadership. Trashing the foreign policy of the Obama Administration, Jindal, told the Fox News, “We would work not only with our allies, like Japan and South Korea and Taiwan. We'd work with non-aligned countries like India and Vietnam that are desperate and hungry for American leadership." Jindal, who last month announced his bid for the 2016 presidential elections, was responding to questions on addressing the challenges being...
  • Vietnam Communist Party chief to make first US visit

    07/03/2015 11:15:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2015 11:02 AM EDT | Grant Peck
    The powerful head of Vietnam’s Communist Party will travel to the United States for the first time next week, and said he expects President Barack Obama will visit Vietnam later this year. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said he hopes to build trust and create more opportunities to improve relations. Trong’s visit comes as the former battlefield foes mark the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic ties. The White House said Trong would arrive on July 7, and the leaders would discuss trade, human rights and defense cooperation. It did not confirm a visit by Obama to Vietnam, which would...
  • Fought Vietcong,Sandinistas,Saddam,Taliban,ISIS but last Vietnam vet in uniform is retiring

    07/02/2015 4:35:31 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 11 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | 2 Jul 2015 | Daniel Bates For Dailymail.com
    When Sergeant Major Michael Jarnevic finally retires from the Army on July 8, it will be the end of a career that began in 1973 when he enlisted as a Marine and was deployed to Vietnam. He is now nearing his 60th birthday and has spent three quarters of his life fighting for his country. In fact, Sgt Major Jarnevic appears to be the last Vietnam veteran on active duty in the whole of the Army. During his 42 years of service he has served in Honduras during the Contra wars in the 80s and Kuwait in the 90s during...
  • China's "Ancestral" Claim to South China Sea Islands (Video)

    07/01/2015 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 6 replies
    China Uncensored ^ | Jul 1, 2015
    China has vowed to never back down from its aggressive territorial expansion into the South China Sea because it would shame their ancestors. What their ancestors would say about angering all their neighbors by building fake islands in the middle of the ocean is still unknown. China is locked in territorial conflicts with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia over what amounts to $5 trillion dollars a year in shipping lanes. And sharing does not seem to be an option.
  • Congress to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War

    06/20/2015 8:19:44 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.speaker.gov ^ | June 17, 2015
    WASHINGTON, DC – The leaders of the United States Congress will hold a ceremony next month to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 8 at 3:00 pm in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor Center. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the event. More than 58,000 Americans were killed in action during the Vietnam War, and more than 153,000 were wounded. All told, 658 U.S. prisoners...
  • GOP Congressman Expresses Surprise That State Dept. Says Vietnam is ‘Communist’ (Mike Kelly, PA)

    06/11/2015 10:56:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 11, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT | Abigail Wilkinson
    Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) expressed surprise that the U.S. State Department describes Vietnam as an “authoritarian state” ruled by the Communist Party when asked by CNSNews.com on Thursday whether the United States should form a free-trade zone with a Communist regime under the umbrella of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that the Obama administration is now negotiating with Vietnam and 10 other countries. […] Rep. Kelly responded: “Are you saying the State Department’s saying this?” CNSNews.com answered: “The State Department says that Vietnam is an authoritarian state under Communist rule.” Kelly then said: “So this is part of an executive agency,...
  • Corker: U.S. Should ‘Definitely’ Form Free-Trade Zone With Communist Vietnam

    06/11/2015 10:25:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 11, 2015 | 3:37 PM EDT | Brittany M. Hughes
    Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told CNSNews.com on Thursday the United States should “definitely form a trade agreement” with Vietnam, which is an authoritarian state governed by a communist regime. […] On Thursday on Capitol Hill, CNSNews.com asked Foreign Relations Chairman Corker: “The State Department says that Vietnam is ‘an authoritarian state’ that is ruled by the Communist Party. But it’s part of President Obama’s proposed trade partnership. Should America form a free trade zone with a communist regime?” Corker responded: “We definitely should form a trade agreement with Vietnam. I don’t know about all the other adjectives...
  • Even in hospital, ‘work continues’ for John Kerry (Photo)

    06/09/2015 8:18:16 PM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 10, 2015 | Martin Finucane
    John KerryVerified account ‏@JohnKerry Feeling good a week after surgery. Good chats today w/@AmbassadorRice & @StateDept senior team. The work continues!
  • Researcher Finds Rare Vietnamese Rabbit

    06/08/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.updatednews.ca ^ | Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2015 | University of East Anglia
    A rare and elusive rabbit has been found, held and photographed by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The Annamite Striped rabbit, found in the forests of Laos and Vietnam, was first documented by rabbit expert Dr Diana Bell and colleagues from UEA’s School of Biological Sciences in the journal Nature in 1999. It has rarely been seen since. Researcher Sarah Woodfin, who is studying for a Masters in Applied Ecology and Conservation at UEA, set out on a three-month expedition to track the recently-discovered rabbit and study its habitat. But she didn’t expect to see one...
  • Vietnam Seeks Western Warplanes to Counter Potential Chinese Threat

    06/05/2015 10:05:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 05, 2015
    SINGAPORE: Vietnam is in talks with European and US contractors to buy fighter jets, maritime patrol planes and unarmed drones, sources said, as it looks to beef up its aerial defences in the face of China's growing assertiveness in disputed waters. The battle-hardened country has already taken possession of three Russian-built Kilo-attack submarines and has three more on order as part of a $2.6 billion deal agreed in 2009. Upgrading its air force would give Vietnam one of the most potent militaries in Southeast Asia. The previously unreported aircraft discussions have involved Swedish defence contractor Saab , European consortium Eurofighter,...
  • Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

    06/03/2015 3:02:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 2, 2015
    HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modeled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defenses as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea. The two Tarantul-class corvettes, known as Molniyas, are equipped with 16 missiles and automatic weapons and are among six ordered by the navy, two of which were delivered last year. The missiles have a range of 130 kilometers. The announcement was carried on the Vietnamese government's news website and comes amid diplomatic rumblings over land reclamation work by rival claimants...
  • Her Husband Wanted A Boy, So She Had 18 Abortions Until She Was Pregnant With a Son

    06/01/2015 3:53:06 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | may, 28 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Sex-selection abortions are an international problem — and the horrendous phenomenon is no more prevalent anywhere than in southeast Asia. There in nations like China and India, girl unborn babies are routinely aborted because cultural mores favor boys over girls. Vietnam, tragically, is no exception. And it is there, in that formerly war-tor nation, where a wife kowtowed to the pressures of her husband and had 18 abortions of girl babies because he wanted a son. Finally, when she was pregnant with a boy, abortion wasn’t an option. Sex-selection abortions in Vietnam have skewed the male-female gender ratio. According to...
  • China is putting weapons on its artificial islands in the South China Sea

    05/28/2015 1:02:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/28/15 | John Garnaut, David Wroe
    Diplomatic tensions surrounding disputed territories in the South China Sea could escalate dramatically following reports China is now putting weapons on its artificial islands in the area. Australia’s defence force is considering joining the U.S. in flying and sailing “freedom of navigation” missions over the disputed territory, where China has been building islands by dragging sand from a reef and piling it up to create structures now being monitored by satellites. Fairfax Media reports the Australian fly-over expeditions may occur as a result of heightened concerns that China is enhancing its military capabilities and reach across the maritime expanse.
  • US Senator McCain wants to arm Vietnam in case of 'crisis' with China

    05/29/2015 11:31:18 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    CNA/kk ^ | 30 May 2015 | Jack Board
    US Republican Senator John McCain has called for the gradual removal of the country's lethal arms embargo on Vietnam "as soon as possible". Senator McCain made the remarks on Saturday (May 30) on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue, arguing that Vietnam needs to be given the means to further deter "assertive behaviour" by Beijing in the South China Sea. "We'd like to see them have great capability, particularly with weapons that are defensive in nature, that could be used in the case of a crisis situation between Vietnam and China," he said.
  • In Other News, China Warns War Is Inevitable

    05/28/2015 9:37:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The power vacuum created by the Obama administration’s withdrawal from world leadership and resistance to tyranny is not only being filled by the Islamic State and its terrorist affiliates like Boko Haram and state sponsors of terror like soon-to-be nuclear Iran but also by an increasingly belligerent and resurgent China. China’s State Council, the Communist giant’s version of our cabinet, has issued a policy paper declaring that Beijing is facing “a grave and complex array of security threats” that forces it to switch its strategy from defense to offense and that as a result China will increase its “open seas...
  • Vietnam, India sign joint vision statement on defence relations

    05/27/2015 7:14:53 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 10 replies
    Nhan Dan ^ | 26 May 2015
    NDO/VNA - Vietnam and India signed a joint vision statement on bilateral defence relations in the 2015-2020 period following talks between Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi on May 25. The two ministers also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on coordination between the Vietnamese and Indian coast guards to prevent transnational crime. During their talks, held during Minister Phung Quang Thanh’s visit to India, the two ministers agreed that defence cooperation continues to be one of the key pillars in the strategic partnership between Vietnam and India....
  • Vietnam, Singapore aim to deepen air defense cooperation

    05/27/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by Army Air Corps · 7 replies
    Tuoi Tre News ^ | 16 May 2015
    High-ranking officials of Vietnam and Singapore have agreed to strengthen defense cooperation between the two countries in line with their strategic partnership. The agreement was made during the talks between Chief of the Singaporean Air Force Major General Hoo Cher Mou and Vietnam’s Air Defense and Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Phuong Minh Hoa, who paid a visit to the island country from May 13-15, according to the Vietnam News Agency. During their Thursday talk, the two sides agreed to boost defense cooperation to create a model for air force coordination among ASEAN members. Both host and guest pledged to...