The lessons learned from the Vietnam War are discussed by former NATO commander Wesley Clark, a veteran of the conflict; Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), also a Vietnam veteran; New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, who served in Korea; and Pete Peterson, a decorated Vietnam vet who became the first American ambassador to the Asian nation following the war. Brian Williams moderates.
Brian Williams moderates a discussion about the media's portrayal of the Vietnam War. Panelists include Dan Rather, who covered the conflict for CBS in the 1960s; Steve Bell, who covered it for ABC in the 1970s; and author Frances FitzGerald (“Fire in the Lake”).
Brian Williams hosts a discussion with Theodore Sorenson, an adviser to President Kennedy; Henry Kissinger, who was President Nixon's National Security Adviser and Secretary of State for Presidents Nixon and Ford; Alexander Haig, who served in Vietnam and in the Nixon and Reagan White Houses; and Jack Valenti, who was a special assistant to President Johnson.
A panel discussion about presidential recordings related to the Vietnam War, featuring insights from Naval War College professor David Kaiser; University of Virginia professor Timothy Naftali; and Miami University professor Jeffrey Kimball. Sharon Fawcett, a Presidential Libraries archivist, moderates.
U.S. Archivist Allen Weinstein moderates a panel discussion about how the U.S. entered into the Vietnam War, featuring professors George Herring (University of Kentucky), Robert Schulzinger (University of Colorado) and Marilyn Young (New York University).
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Premiered: March 20, 2006
Premise: How the Vietnam War impacted the presidency is explored in presentations and panel discussions at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. (more)