WASHINGTON — Americans can find lessons that apply today in filmmaker Ken Burns’ new project “The Vietnam War,” former Defense Secretary and Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel said after seeing much of it.
In an interview with The World-Herald, Hagel said the series examines many aspects of the war and those involved, including Americans who served in uniform, anti-war protesters back home and the North Vietnamese.
McCain, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war, was greeted at the screening with a standing ovation, a tribute to his ongoing battle with brain cancer.
The Arizona Republican spoke of frequent visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, a monument etched with the names of more than 58,000 dead soldiers.
Kerry agreed, listing as the lessons applicable to today: “Knowing what we’re doing, being honest with our people, making war a last resort, exhausting diplomacy — these are all relevant to every choice we face.”
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