Killingly Funny: US Posters of the Vietnam Era
The American media’s celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War (which has not ended) tries to establish the war, if not as the ‘noble enterprise’ lauded by President Reagan, then at least as a well-intentioned effort that somehow went wrong. Films such as Rambo, and the media generally, rewrite the past in order to win the future. ‘Do we get to win this time?’ asks Rambo, setting forth on his mission to rescue from secret Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camps fictitious Americans presented as historical fact. So the US administration ‘wins’ in Grenada and fights to ‘win back’ Nicaragua, both countries supposed prisoners of Soviet Communism.
KeywordsVietnam Veteran White Phosphorus Black Power Death Squad White Power
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