Daniel Ellsberg was an officer of the Department of State and veteran of the War of Vietnam. He was one of who informed the press about the secret documents that revealed Washington’s lies about such war. This is the reason why he had to take a stand in trial. He is the author of Secrets: a Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers.
The U.S. government has finally released the full Pentagon Papers describing how the American people were misled into the Vietnam War. The declassification comes four decades after most of the document was leaked by Pentagon insider Daniel Ellsberg, who today says similar deceptions are enabling wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
George W. Bush’s words Tuesday night evoked in me a sense of familiarity. They were, word by word, in speeches delivered by Kennedy, Johnson or Nixon about Vietnam. Not with pride, I recognize that some of those very words are mine.
In 1965, I drafted the speeches for Robert McNamara. I used the word “terrorist” just as the current speechwriters have done for Bush. Like Bush’s advisors, I felt the need to target a larger-scale adversary to which we would really fight as our true enemy. As (...)