After the VFP Convention in Berkeley, Daniel Ellsberg was the last speaker and afterward he invited a few of us out for late lunch & conversation: John Heuer, Dan Shea, Col. Ann Wright, Chuck Searcy, S. Brian Willson, Becky Luening & Mike Hastie.
It was the last time after which John & I
shared a home stay for the night and a ride to the Oakland airport to head home, that was the last time I saw and spoke with John. It was such a pleasure and privilege to serve on the VFP Board of Directors with John. John Heuer Presente!
2016 National Book Award Finalist, Viet Thanh Nguyen:
“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory . . . . Memory is haunted, not just by ghostly others but by the horrors we have done, seen, and condoned, or by the unspeakable things from which we have profited.”
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.
Take The Pledge
Please join us and TAKE THE PLEDGE: "I’m with Full Disclosure. I oppose the Pentagon campaign to re-write the history of the Vietnam War."
February 2 President Johnson states there are no “serious indications that the other side is ready to stop the war.”
February 8-10 American religious groups stage a nationwide “Fast for Peace.”
February 8-12 A truce occurs during Tet, the lunar New Year, a traditional Vietnamese holiday.
February 13 President Johnson announces the U.S. will resume full-scale bombing of North Vietnam (DRV).
Over 2,500 women from Women Strike For Peace protested at the Pentagon against the Viet Nam war. Carrying huge photos of Napalmed Vietnamese children, 2,500 members of the group Women Strike for Peace stormed the Pentagon, demanding to see “the generals who send our sons to Vietnam.” When Pentagon guards locked the main-entrance doors, the women took off their shoes and banged on the doors with their heels. They were finally allowed inside, but Defense Secretary Robert McNamara would not meet with them.
February 22-May 14 The largest U.S. military offensive of the war occurs. Operation Junction City involves 22 U.S. and four South Vietnamese battalions attempting to destroy the PAVN’s Central Office headquarters in South Vietnam. In fact, there was no such headquarters, as the “headquarters was a small and mobile group. The failure to gain surprise lay in discovery of the plans after PAVN Colonel Dinh Thi Van placed an agent in social circles that included ARVN General Cao Van Vien (Cao Văn Viên) and US General William Westmoreland. The offensive includes the only parachute assault by U.S. troops during the entire war. During the fighting at Ap Gu, U.S. 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry is commanded by Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Haig who will later become an influential White House aide. According to US sources, Junction City ended with 2728 NLF killed and 34 captured. American losses are 282 killed and 1576 wounded. PAVN relocate their Central Office headquarters inside Cambodia, thus avoiding capture. Despite a tremendous expense of resources, and the gaining of temporary control, the NLF soon was able to make a strong comeback in the area. Little of strategic value was gained for US forces.
February 23 The New York Review of Books published “The Responsibility of Intellectuals” by Noam Chomsky as a special supplement calling on intellectuals to oppose the war.
Spec 4 J. Harry Muir 3d, a conscientious objector who said he could not serve in Vietnam because he loved peace more than America, was sentenced to two years at hard labor today for the kind of conduct that “loses wars and countries.”
February 25 Martin Luther King’s first public statement against the war at an anti-war conference in California.
February 26 Attack at Binh Duong (Bình Dương): an NLF battalion in a surprise attack nearly overran Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Regiment, of the Army’s 25th Division. 19 Americans were among the KIA.