The earlier series went into the politics in more detail and dealt with the facts more dispassionately. Also, Will Lyman is a better narrator. From what I saw, Burns is pretty much using all of the same news footage as the older documentary.
Burns did an okay job with the Vietnam series. Of course it wasn't as good as a University class would have been, or some of the books I read. The people I've met and know that went through wars don't talk about it. It's too complex and painfull. A documentary series won't be able to explain the complexities of war.
It seems some people need an enimy.
The so called ISIS movement and other eligious movements isn't going to end by killing others. That endless battle has gone on since apes began thinking they were humans.
I agree, Tom, my husband was caught up in President Johnsons' call, I asked the commanding general of Don's unit why we were involved in that war and he gave me the same answers as the news outlets reported. While Don was away, I read everything I could on the history of Viet Nam and I, too, came to understand that we were fighting over oil in competition with Communist China.