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May 30, 2012 | By Michael McGough
President Obama has sided with those who argue that returning Vietnam veterans were spat on by ungrateful opponents of that long-ago war. In a Memorial Day address at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the president didn't literally endorse the spitting scenario, but he gave it figurative support. Addressing Vietnam vets, he said: "You were often blamed for a war you didn't start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor.  You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised.
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May 30, 2012 | By Michael McGough
President Obama has sided with those who argue that returning Vietnam veterans were spat on by ungrateful opponents of that long-ago war. In a Memorial Day address at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the president didn't literally endorse the spitting scenario, but he gave it figurative support. Addressing Vietnam vets, he said: "You were often blamed for a war you didn't start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor.  You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised.
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July 14, 1998
Re "War Stories" (July 3): I was not surprised to read the declaration of Holy Cross University sociologist Jerry Lembcke that he found no documentation of Vietnam veterans being spat upon. Instead, he opines, this is a myth created to deflect from our being defeated by a "small, undeveloped nation" (not by the well-armed Viet Cong). Coincidentally, a TV program hosted by Stone Phillips aired two days after the "War Stories" article with a segment on Vietnam veterans, and one of the veterans interviewed reveals how he was spat upon by antiwar demonstrators.
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July 14, 1998
Re "War Stories" (July 3): I was not surprised to read the declaration of Holy Cross University sociologist Jerry Lembcke that he found no documentation of Vietnam veterans being spat upon. Instead, he opines, this is a myth created to deflect from our being defeated by a "small, undeveloped nation" (not by the well-armed Viet Cong). Coincidentally, a TV program hosted by Stone Phillips aired two days after the "War Stories" article with a segment on Vietnam veterans, and one of the veterans interviewed reveals how he was spat upon by antiwar demonstrators.
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May 5, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Sir! No Sir!" is a powerful documentary that uncovers half-forgotten history, history that is still relevant but not in ways you might be expecting. Written and directed by David Zeiger, "Sir! No Sir!" brings back to public consciousness the nervy and surprisingly pervasive GI antiwar movement that flourished during the Vietnam War, a movement that was more widespread than anyone wants to remember today.
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July 3, 1998 | DAVID L. ULIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The image is ingrained: A Vietnam veteran, arriving home from the war, gets off a plane only to be greeted by an angry mob of antiwar protesters yelling "murderer!" and "baby killer!" Then, out of the crowd comes someone who spits in the veteran's face. Over the years, this vivid scenario of rage and betrayal has become a metaphor for the deep divisions caused by Vietnam.
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March 1, 2004 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
When Errol Morris' documentary "The Fog of War" opened in theaters in December, Judy Muller intended to snub it. Not that she was blase about the movie's subject, former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara. On the contrary, she was "outraged," Muller says, when McNamara issued his mea culpa-ish yet self-justifying memoir about Vietnam in the mid-1990s.
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