Regarding the April 5 Counterpoint column titled “America’s memory wars and the Vietnam debacle,” in two respects professor Jeff Kingston offers readers an incomplete and dated impression of the current state of American understanding of the Vietnam War.

First, a growing body of formidable scholarship undertaken in the United States does indeed take the Republic of Vietnam, its society and its politics seriously. To suggest that that county is today understood in the U.S. as a state led and served by “puppets” of Washington or “imperialist lackeys” is simply not accurate.

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