By Monika Jensen-Stevenson
For many american citizens, the hot conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan deliver again painful stories of 1 factor specifically: American coverage at the rescue of and negotiation for American prisoners. One present American POW of the Taliban, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, stands as their image. millions of Vietnam veteran POW activists fear that Bergdahl will undergo the destiny of such a lot of in their POW/MIA comrades—abandonment as soon as the USA leaves that theater of war.
Kiss the lads Goodbye convincingly exhibits legacy of disgrace is still from America’s ill-fated involvement in Vietnam. until eventually US govt coverage on POW/MIAs adjustments, it continues to be essentially the most the most important matters for any American soldier who fights for domestic and kingdom, quite once we are engaged with an enemy that doesn’t adhere to the foreign criteria for the remedy of prisoners—or any American hostage—as the photograph video of Daniel Pearl’s decapitation on a variety of Jihad web content bears out.
In this explosive publication, Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson supply startling facts that American troops have been left in captivity in Indochina, sufferers in their government’s abuse of secrecy and gear. The ebook not just delves into the realm of reputable obstruction, lacking records, censored testimony, and the pressures dropped at endure on witnesses able to inform the reality, but in addition finds the trauma on patriotic households torn aside by means of a coverage that, first and foremost, appeared unimaginable to them.
First released in 1990, Kiss the lads Goodbye has develop into a vintage at the topic. This new version positive factors an afterword, which fills within the information at the newest verifiable scandal produced by means of the Senate decide on Committee on POWs.
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Politicians observed them as troublemakers. They appeared relieved that their adventure used to be shared through an interloper, through somebody within the media. They felt that American editors became their backs at the males after the warfare used to be misplaced. “The girls were handled with an identical contempt,” acknowledged John Brown, speaking approximately Betty Foley. The lacking colonel’s spouse were diminished to the pathetic stratagem of feeling for President Reagan’s hand and slipping him a written attraction at a White residence reception. She believed from event her tale might by no means succeed in him by way of the other potential. President Reagan’s hand had closed speedily over Betty Foley’s be aware. He had acknowledged not anything. Later, he wrote to her, “Poor safeguard in the course of a mystery venture to rescue POWs made different missions tough” (italics mine). What mystery undertaking? What different missions? The colonel’s spouse was once angry via the clumsy contradictions. Reagan’s letter had disclosed what used to be regularly denied: there have been American POWs nonetheless alive in enemy arms. whilst she attempted to profit extra, she was once warned through Pentagon officers that her consistent prying might rate her husband his existence. “By their very own statements, it can’t expense him his life,” she acknowledged. “They’ve already introduced he’s lifeless. Or do they be aware of he’s alive? Did they slip up? ” She questioned if a few staff will be creating a coverage which had the impact of insulating all presidents from definite evidence that the forms wanted to suppress. “When I made direct touch with President Reagan,” she acknowledged, “I couldn’t be stopped to any extent further. ” “Who did you consult earlier than? ” I requested. “Colonel Richard Childress on the White condo. ” i attempted to touch this Childress, a brand new identify. No solution. the single history the White condo may supply: “He’s with the nationwide safeguard Council. ” I then known as Richard Armitage, who used to be acknowledged to “run” POW/MIA affairs within the Pentagon. i used to be instructed he additionally “ran” U. S. covert-warfare operations. “Neither Childress nor Armitage comprehend something a few presidential letter like you describe,” acknowledged a spokesman. Then I bought copies of a letter to President Reagan, to which he didn't answer. It was once from basic Lam Van Phat, a Vietnamese resistance chief who have been army commander of the Saigon quarter till the 1975 cave in. once you have out of Communist captivity, he had written to Reagan, “As a prisoner of the Communists myself, i will be certain Marine Garwood was once held prisoner and was once no longer a deserter. ” Van Phat was once held for seven years, including different South Vietnam generals. “Seeing Garwood a week over a protracted interval, we all know him good and will truly realize the face. . . . i believe a duty to testify that Garwood was once now not a deserter. ” I referred to as Childress and Armitage back, this time for a press release at the Van Phat letter. Neither might converse to me. i used to be instructed not anything used to be identified approximately Van Phat or his letter. even if, i used to be despatched a defense-intelligence (DIA) review document on Van Phat, ridiculing the Vietnamese general’s “pretensions” to guide an anti-Communist resistance stream. Later I at once wondered the Pentagon’s new defense-intelligence director, common Lenny Perroots.