My latest op-ed for Al Jazeera English is an interview with historian Robert Mann, a former Senate staffer who wrote A Grand Delusion: America's Descent Into Vietnam, the only history of the Vietnam War focused on the role of the US Senate, including the decade between Korea & Vietnam, when the seeds for that tragedy were sown. Here's how the interview begins:
Avoiding the US's next grand delusion
Paul Rosenberg discusses Syria, the US, and historical parallels with Vietnam with historian Robert Mann.
For the moment, as I write this, there seems to be a very real possibility that the US won't attack Syria, and that some sort of diplomatic solution will be found. But the larger context of how US elites view the use of force and the rest of the world will remain largely unchanged, whatever happens next, unless we press for a deeper reflection on how we got here, and where we want to go.
A Grand Delusion: America's Descent Into Vietnam Author: Robert Mann
There are, of course, competing elite factions with differing views, but what they share in common is a history that they seem incapable of learning from. The day before President Obama addressed the nation, I interviewed historian Robert Mann about that history. Mann is a former US Senate staffer whose 2001 book, A Grand Delusion: America's Descent Into Vietnam is, remarkably, the only history of the Vietnam War that encompasses the role of the Senate, including the decade of the 1950s, which shaped the attitudes that in turn shaped the Vietnam War.