Can I ask you on your opinion on the event known as the “Winter Soldier Investigation”? I’ve been scrolling past some of the confessions of former US combat vet’s who saw or participated in alleged war crimes and I can definitely see why most media outlets at the time choose to ignore the hearings. The stuff the vets admitted to seeing and doing is absolutely horrid.

By 1971, when the Winter Soldier Investigation occurred, I think the nation was honestly very tired of Vietnam. This was after the exposure of My Lai (though prior to the conviction of William Calley), after the Kent State shootings, after the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, and after numerous protests against the war (and for the war – see the Hard Hat Riots).

I think that, no matter how unpleasant it is for us, we owe it to participants in the WSI and the war in general to listen to such testimonies. 

If you’d like to read more about it, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War in general, check out the following: