Iraq war

Did You Welcome Home the Troops 40 Years Ago?

Posted on 03/29/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Your LifeForty years ago today, the last American combat troops left Vietnam. The events of that day aren’t imprinted on the national consciousness, as are images of overloaded helicopters taking off from Saigon. That evacuation of American personnel and Vietnamese refugees happened two years later, in 1975. Today’s anniversary brings up an embarrassing and troubling set of emotions for some of us who questioned the war long ago. According to the Associated Press, “Forty years ago, soldiers returning from Vietnam were …

On Recent Wars, a Surprising Generation Gap

Posted on 03/18/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsHave older Americans turned peacenik? Americans 50 and older believe the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars were all mistakes, according to a new Gallup poll. Some highlights: Iraq. A mistake, according to 57 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds and 59 percent of those 65 and older. Only 50 percent of younger adults thought so. Afghanistan. This war, which began shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, was seen as a mistake by those 50 and older but not by those under …