Saigon, 1965

Saigon, 1965

Update: 2016-06-2379


In the early 1960s the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure the effect of relentless U.S. bombing on their morale. Yet despite a wealth of great data, even the leaders of the study couldn’t agree on what it meant.

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Comments (5)

Christina Womacks

terror management theory adds a lot to the phenomenon explored here

Dec 7th

Siddharth Kutty

wow I mean wow! I'm waiting for more new sir!

Aug 18th

Shel Silver

in contrast to the key function held by the concept"moral license" in the 1st episode of Revisionist History (RH), the 2nd episode, "Saigon 1965" which btw I'd entertain (sub-or-counter) titling, something like "RAND:Intellectuals Managing the Empire," offers no social science to take seriously, let alone centrally, enuf to organize itself around. instead, this episode's obvious & reluctant (dis)organizing principle seems to say no more than that different observors are bound to have different views., its final formulation by the seemingly clearest eyed of the 3 refugees who tell most of the sad tale, suggests that, for US Intel operators in LBJ's (losing)war in Viet Nam,"Science" was merely an elevated term for ideas or idealogues that, in agreeing with the powerful, justify their violence. Yet, circling the functional gap that a central idea or explanation would perform is a possibly tragic narrative that seems to exemplify, in the confusion & trauma of its inyel antagonists (not protagonists) is, instead of a concept, an anticlimactic conclusion; ie, that exiled, individualistic, cosmopoltan, inteligentsia, even if they can sense, cannot fully imagine or understand, let alone effectively organize, either for or against mass-aimed-&-based--or in current newsspeak "populist"--struggles. Tho of course, whether Right or Left; e.g., Communism or Nazism, each was a mixture of both. Shel

Jul 7th

Greg Milne

Shel Silver tl;dr

Oct 20th

Patrick McIntosh

Shel Silver shut up or learn how to type a

Sep 6th
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Saigon, 1965

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