As time creeps or races by, those who experienced the Vietnam War are
fading from the scene and it’s becoming increasingly important to record
a history of that war that is truthful. Increasingly, the written word
is being tossed aside in favor of film and the “documentary” – both
allow for “artistic license” instead of facts.
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick took $30 million and ten years and used only
80 interviews that, like some others have said, tell how America was
wrong, while the communist bloc with the American protestors and
politicians were right all along.
Was the American soldier (using this as an all-encompassing term)
always right, always moral, always politically correct (especially by
today’s standards)? Of course not. Among the many things missing from
the documentary were the answers to these same questions of the VC, NVA
and the North Vietnamese Government who habitually violated all their
agreements, including the Geneva Conventions.
The documentary cherry-picked American actions during the war – just as
many predecessors have in books and films. But this was, unfortunately,
predictable and expected.