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Daniel Ellsberg - Origins of the Vietnam War

Daniel Ellsberg - Origins of the Vietnam War

Length: 0:57:00
Uploaded: 26 Jun, 2023

Recording Date: 25 Apr, 1998
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Language: English
Topical for: 1 Week
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Program Title: Daniel Ellsberg - Origins of the Vietnam War
Description: In this program, Daniel Ellsberg discusses early U.S. support for France’s effort to retain control of its Indochina colony. In a little-known and scary fact of history, he describes Eisenhower’s offer of nuclear weapons to the French to stave off defeat at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Within a few years, the U.S. supplanted the French and expanded the war to all of Indochina. Ellsberg looks at Washington’s policy of backing corrupt regimes in Saigon, first by Kennedy and then by Johnson. You’ve probably heard the figure of 58,000 Americans killed in the war. There is scant mention of the millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians and Laotians who were victims of U.S. military intervention.

Featured Speakers/Guests: Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 was a momentous event. It blew the lid off of Washington’s mountain of lies and deceptions about Vietnam. It ultimately led to Watergate and Nixon’s resignation. He received the Olof Palme Prize for his “profound humanism and exceptional moral courage.” He was a decades-long peace advocate and outspoken supporter of other whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. He passed away on June 16th at the age of 92.



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