Apocalypse, Again.

The dominant discourse about the Vietnam War (and Apocalypse Now), particularly in terms of its incorporation into the American Narrative, is that it’s the Great American Trauma, unhealed like Maya Lin’s black scar cut into the earth. While this is true to a certain extent — there is no denying the fact that working-class kids of all colors were sacrificed for the defense of freedom and Western civilization — it’s also accompanied by much bleating about America’s supposed loss of innocence. The ghosts of the war still loom over every foreign policy decision since; it is perhaps unfortunate that they don’t haunt American politicians more persistently.