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Burning Dollars, Boarding Helicopters, Abandoning Allies: The Chaotic Withdrawal from Saigon

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A CIA employee helps Vietnamese evacuees onto an Air America helicopter from the top of 22 Gia Long Street, a half mile from the U.S. Embassy. April 29, 1975 A CIA employee helps Vietnamese evacuees onto an Air America helicopter from the top of 22 Gia Long Street, a half mile from the U.S. Embassy. April 29, 1975 (Bettmann/Corbis/Courtesy of the filmmaker)

During the final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempted to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confronted a moral dilemma: to obey White House orders to evacuate only U.S. citizens or risk being charged with treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they could. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy discusses her documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,”  a moment-by-moment recounting of the dramatic events surrounding the 1975 military evacuation of Saigon and its previously untold stories of heroism and sacrifice. She’s joined by Col. Stuart Herrington, who is featured in the documentary. The film opens September 5 at Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine Cinemas.

 

Guests:

Col. Stuart Herrington and Rory Kennedy

Comments [2]

wayne johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Col. Herrington shows his hand by branding heroic Congresswoman Bella Abzug as on the extreme. When in reality she was in the majority of Americans who admitted that we had committed a shameful act by invading Vietnam in the first place. Henry Kissinger, who is featured in Ms. Kennedy's film, belongs in The Hague.

Sep. 04 2014 01:56 PM
Wayne johnson Ph.D. from Bk

It was Rory's uncle who began this catastrophic debacle, LBJ and Nixon who escalated it and George W. Bush and Barack Obama gave us Vietnam parts 2 and 3 (Iraq and Afghanistan).

Sep. 04 2014 01:24 PM

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