I had that program on for a while last night on PBS. I switched the channel when they got to a new idea on the murders on RFK and MLK. The new thought was that these killings were done to silence the voices against the war. That's a lot different than my original take on it.
The episodes are online if you missed anything. Ken said they worked on this film for 10 years and that just about every pre-conceived notion he and his producer had were challenged, and made him feel ignorant. He thought he had it all figured out, and found out it was a very different thing. It ended up being more of a super immersive research project to show all sides to the story, instead of a nice clean summary with a bow wrapped around it.
"In 1952 I came back from the Korean War." What Korean War was this? As you say later, the U S was not yet involved.
Truman has long been one of my favorite presidents, but he disappoints me on two fronts: the Domino Theory, and his establishment of what became the CIA.
Ken Burns' effort seems to gloss over wrongs and wave too many flags.
For information about trivia. "The Buck stops here." https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/the_buck_stops_here doesn't describe it fully.
The 'buck' is a knife made with an antler handle.
Tom, when my husband, an Army dentist, was ordered to Vietnam, his task was to tend to head and neck wounds in the mobile medical unit. Don was part of that 1965 order of President Johnson.
While Don was gone, I read everything I could find about the history of Vietnam, and I became actively opposed to the war and the reason we were there, protecting oil interests. The domino effect was just fear mongering. The public believed the propaganda put out by LBJ and the drumbeat put out by the media. Learning of the terrible wounds that Don treated and the death and suffering of the wounded, I could not reconcile the war to protect oil with the costs to young men and women who faithfully served.
I am not a big fan of obedience to authority nor faithfulness to a military/industrial complex. I wasn't a good army wife.
The VN War made me less patriotic.
"The VN War made me less patriotic."
That is an understatement for me.
Every night my mother was glued to the TV for any news about my two brothers stationed in Vietnam. One was a medic (2 tours) and the other was an engineer. Both came back alive but later are victims of agent orange.
As I watched the funders' names at the end, I knew that if Burns had mentioned oil in the Tonkin Gulf, he would have lost some/many of his funders.
I have for decades wanted to know what PBS' funders want PBS to omit.
I watched a couple of episodes of Ken Burn's documentary and wasn't that impressed. I thought the earlier series, "Vietnam: A Television History" was better.