The, the uh, the other, other signs were there. Uh, for example, we started talking about sharing ideas, and sharing leadership. There was no more leadership. There was, uh, there was a sharing and a cooperation among uh, among war protesters, for example.
People avoided being, of us went into Vietnam and came back. Uh. Seven million more wore the uniform. That’s ten million in all. Twenty million did not wear the uniform.
There is a great sense of estrangement. Nobody has articulated that better than Jim Fallows in his commentary in the book, that there are a lot of men like James Fallows and Christopher Buckley who’s written a piece just as strong as Jim’s about his choices in the ‘60s.
A lot of men like them need to look at their choices so that fifteen or twenty years from now they won’t feel needlessly sheepish when we
West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, John Wheeler discusses the major effects of the Vietnam war and its place in history. He discusses at length the idea of a dialogue between veterans like himself and the anti-war protesters. He suggests that there is a common ground between the two groups. He also talks about the anger he felt towards the protestors and how he was unprepared once he arrived back in the US after his tour. Wheelers talks about Agent Orange, his suspicions about it, and how one of his children has a birth defect, which he attributes to Agent Orange.