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But it would be wrong to exaggerate the degree of useful similarity between the Vietnam War and the American conflicts of the future. From both a geostrategic and an ideological perspective, Vietnam is indecipherable except in terms of Cold War conditions and concerns.
American policy was conceived against the backdrop of a global totalitarian threat, in an age when the massive use of U. Standing behind North Vietnam was Soviet and Chinese power, and the implications of victory or defeat for all the great powers involved were universally understood to transcend local and regional stakes.
However difficult the contemporary problems of American policy in the Balkans, the Caribbean basin, or Southwest Asia, none bears such a context.
Most important, no other single power or coalition has both the capacity and the will to exploit U.
The military technology of the on-rushing future, too, is so different from that political writing adam garfinkle the Vietnam era that it is hard even to learn much from the tactical experience of that war.
If the subject has become less relevant to practical concerns, why, then, so many new books, of which the four discussed here represent a semi-random sampling of the recent production? Three reasons stand out. The first is that the American generation for whom the Vietnam War was the seminal intellectual and political experience has now reached intellectual maturity; namely, about fifty years of age or thereabouts.
One of the books reviewed here, Peace Now! The second is that the generation that fought the war is aging, and we thus have new memoirs and pseudo-memoirs about it. That we are beyond the Cold War, and know how it ended, allows a certain closure on the broader subject at hand.
More than that, hitherto inaccessible archives are being made available to scholars. Fredrik Logevall born and Michael Lind born both fit into this younger generation of writers on Vietnam.
Of course, there are broader reasons for the sustained interest in the Vietnam War, reasons less practical than philosophical. It stands to reason that the war had something to do with this shift, if not as cause then as catalyst, shaper, or accelerator. More important, we still disagree about the war itself.
Was the early problem of Indochina ever solvable, or the later war ever winnable? If so, why was the problem not solved, or the consequent war not won? We are still arguing over whether the Vietnam War, in its essence, was a civil or an international war.
But as far as American politics was and remains concerned, it is a civil war, seen by the light of our continuing disagreement about it. In addition to addressing historical matters, most interpretations of the war are at least implicitly forward-looking, their aim being to tell us what sort of people we are and, by implication, where we should be heading and how we ought to get there.
As we overwrite our history we prejudice our future. This is why, if have new books we must, we need book reviews, even long ones, to oversee this overwriting. We all have a stake in how the putative last draft reads. Robert Strange McNamara is a strange man. He is a perpetual convolution machine and the reason is plain.
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