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Announcement :: Politics
Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
17 Jan 2006
Among those participating in the historic two-day conference will be General Alexander Haig; Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Special Counsel to President Kennedy Theodore Sorensen; Special Assistant to President Johnson Jack Valenti; Senator Chuck Hagel; New York Times columnist Bob Herbert; Ambassador Pete Peterson; professors George Herring, Robert D. Schulzinger, and Marilyn Young; journalists Steve Bell and Dan Rather; Pulitzer Prize-winning authors David Halberstam and Frances Fitzgerald; and historians Michael Beschloss, David Kaiser and Jeffrey Kimball. Former President Jimmy Carter will speak via video and NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams will moderate all of the second day’s sessions.
On March 10 and 11, 2006, the National Archives and the nation’s Presidential Libraries will host an unprecedented two-day conference examining the history of the Vietnam War and the American presidency. The conference, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

"Vietnam and the Presidency" is the first national conference sponsored by all the Presidential Libraries – from Hoover to Clinton – and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Leading historians, key policymakers of the era, and journalists who covered the war will examine the antecedents of the war, presidential decision-making, media coverage, public opinion, lessons learned and the influence of the Vietnam experience on subsequent U.S. foreign policy.

Among those participating in the historic two-day conference will be General Alexander Haig; Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; Special Counsel to President Kennedy Theodore Sorensen; Special Assistant to President Johnson Jack Valenti; Senator Chuck Hagel; New York Times columnist Bob Herbert; Ambassador Pete Peterson; professors George Herring, Robert D. Schulzinger, and Marilyn Young; journalists Steve Bell and Dan Rather; Pulitzer Prize-winning authors David Halberstam and Frances Fitzgerald; and historians Michael Beschloss, David Kaiser and Jeffrey Kimball. Former President Jimmy Carter will speak via video and NBC Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams will moderate all of the second day’s sessions.

The Vietnam War was the longest and most controversial war that the United States ever fought. It claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and over three million Vietnamese. From the arrival of the first U.S. military advisors in the 1950s to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, U.S. involvement in Vietnam was central to the Cold War foreign policies of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. The war has continued to affect the policies of subsequent presidents and its legacy is particularly relevant today during America’s war on terror.

"It is our hope and expectation that this conference will reveal a wealth of new information on the history of the Vietnam War and its impact on the office of the President," said Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein. "As keepers of the nation’s official history, the National Archives and the Presidential Libraries are uniquely positioned to provide a forum for examining the effect of the war in Vietnam on our nation, and its citizens."

Reservations for "Vietnam and the Presidency" are required and may be made by calling (617) 514-1642 or by writing the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts, 02125, Attn: "Vietnam and the Presidency." The program is subject to change due to speakers’ schedules. For more information, and an updated schedule of the conference, access the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s Web site at www.jfklibrary.org.

"Vietnam and the Presidency" is sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum; Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; Harry S. Truman Library Institute; Eisenhower Foundation; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; John F. Kennedy Library Foundation; Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace; Gerald R. Ford Foundation; Jimmy Carter Library and Museum; Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation; George Bush Presidential Library Foundation; William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum; and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Conference Schedule as of January 9, 2006:

Speakers for the "Vietnam and the Presidency" Conference Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 2006

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125

Friday, March 10

How We Got In: The United States, Asia, and Vietnam
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Professor George Herring, Alumni Professor of History, University of Kentucky, author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975.

Professor Robert D. Schulzinger, Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder, author of A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975.

Professor Marilyn Young, Professor of History, New York University, author of The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990.

Moderator, Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States.

Vietnam and Presidential Tapes
2:45 – 4:45 p.m.

On Johnson: Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss, author of The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964.

On Kennedy: Professor David Kaiser, Professor of Strategy and Policy, Naval War College, author of American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War.

On Nixon: Professor Jeffrey Kimball, Professor of History, Miami University, author of The Vietnam War Files: Uncovering the Secret History of Nixon-Era Strategy.

Moderator, Sharon Fawcett, Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries.

Keynote Speaker
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winner for his coverage of the Vietnam War for The New York Times; author of The Best and The Brightest, the acclaimed critical history of how and why the United states went to war in Vietnam.

Saturday, March 11

Moderator, Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor, NBC Nightly News

The Media and the Role of Public Opinion
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Steve Bell, news correspondent for ABC News from 1967-1986, reported from Vietnam and Indo-China in the early ‘70s.

Frances Fitzgerald, non fiction author and journalist, received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for Fire In the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam.

Dan Rather, CBS News anchorman from 1981 to 2005 and 60 Minutes II correspondent; covered Vietnam for CBS News in the mid 1960s.

Inside the White House
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

General Alexander Haig commanded a battalion in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967; he was Military Assistant to President Nixon’s National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, eventually becoming Nixon’s White House Chief of Staff. He was Secretary of State from 1980 to 1981 under President Reagan.

The Honorable Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977. He was President Nixon’s National Security Advisor from 1969 to 1973. He was a co-recipient of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating a ceasefire between South and North Vietnam.

Theodore Sorensen was Special Counsel to President Kennedy from 1960 to 1963. He is Senior Counsel for the New York City law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Jack Valenti was Special Assistant to President Johnson from 1963 to 1966. He was president of the Motion Picture Association from 1966 to 2004.

Lessons Learned
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

The Honorable Chuck Hagel earned two Purple Hearts during his service in Vietnam. He is Nebraska’s senior U.S. senator.

Bob Herbert served in Korea in the 1960s. He has been an op ed columnist for The New York Times since 1993.

The Honorable Pete Peterson, a captain in the Vietnam War, was shot down in 1966 and remained a prisoner of war for six and a half years. He was the first American Ambassador appointed to Vietnam since the war.
See also:
http://www.jfklibrary.org/pr_vietnam_war_conference_2006.html

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allende my ass
17 Jan 2006
This thread was posted by Nick Giannone.
Re: Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
17 Jan 2006
Good detective work. Are you on the Stop the Wars Coalition listserve or something? How come you stopped coming to meetings?
Re: Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
18 Jan 2006
does it really matter if nick or anyone else posted the comment? flipper, looks like you have some other issues driving your commentary here on imc...
Re: Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
18 Jan 2006
Yeah I have a basic problem with anonymity especially in the professional protester community and when they advocate violence and stupidity. And all that fascist dickhead stuff was really idiotic. How dumb you all looked protesting nobody. I ridicule Nick and Huibin if for no other reason than that they do nothing individually. Rank amateur mob noisemaking. Useless and baseless groupthink with a totally imaginary social value.
Whut?
18 Jan 2006
I am not afraid to be seen. Look at me. I have greasy hair.

I am in PAIFDL, STWC, BAAM, and all the other groups. I write most of the open articles here.
oops
18 Jan 2006
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A current photo
19 Jan 2006
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Hey Flipside,

seems you got a crush on me or something. if I'm you're latest infatuation you at least deserve a pic from this millenium

btw I'm not part of BAAM (not an anarchist) but 2 out of 3 ain't bad
Re: Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
19 Jan 2006
Yeah but the one where you just woke up in the morning with a hangover looks better. What are you so afraid of that you write anonymous skank and block your list from someone like me?

You must be up to no good.

Seriously, I think you are amusing and bear no ill will against you, but you are always fighting against dumb pointless shit, like it's wicked serious. Are you manic depressive since taking on the Big Dig?

Anytime some jackass gets arrested we can say "It was probably Nick." And what are you going on about having dreads for? Come on dude, those arent even solid dreads. You are gonna look like that bald white guy from cambridge who has five dreads and dances in his bare feet on Norfolk St.
flip and nickie, sittin in a tree
21 Jan 2006
what's with the love fest here? not a conversation to be had on a public site, wasting imc's server space...

nick, just so you know, i prefer white-boy dreads to some of the mullets i've come across in my time, but there are alternatives which would be acceptable in revolutionary circles.

flipper, you got some serious anger issues going on bro. not just on this thread but also when you call that kid who got shot by the cops a 'waste of skin' - what an asshole thing to say about a dead kid who had a shitty life and made some bad mistakes. even veteran had a hard time swallowing your bile. what are you, an iraq vet or something? not sure what's going on with you and nick (sounds like he refused your advances), but stalking him here just wastes everyone's time. it's entertaining for about a minute, then gets annoying real fast.

by the way, isn't it ballsy of haig and kissinger to make public appearances, in boston? they must be letting down their guard in their senile years...
Re: Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
21 Jan 2006
They know boston will be a push over. They would never dare show thier faces in little beirut.
Re: Kissinger, Haig and Others @ JFK Library March 11
22 Jan 2006
Well, get your punk ass over to Venus Cosmetics and pick up a comb and some Let's Dred. You don't look like a Fugee yet,tho' you do have the clam of a Lauryn Hill.

When the !@#$%^ are you Dollar a Pound wannabes gonna get hip the the beeswax? Sheeeeeit.