Vietnam and Trump


Midway through the epic 17-hour documentary The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, you get the sudden realisation how America ended up voting in Donald Trump this year. The lies and dissimulations of the Democrat Lyndon Johnson regime – otherwise lauded for many of its socially aware domestic policies – allowed for a whole generation of poor, working class men to be sent to die in south east Asia and to commit appalling atrocities upon the Vietnamese people. That generation could never forgive a political system which committed such a barbaric crime upon it. It’s a wonder it took them so long to seek their revenge.