Few events more directly shaped the foreign policy of the United States since 1975 than the Vietnam War. The generation in power in the United States in 2009 continues to grapple with the "lessons" of that long-ago war. The linked paper is the product of research I did in the summer of 2005 concerning HOW Vietnam is interpreted in American memory. You will also find the paper linked at the Gateway Lectures site.
For this bonus exercise you will need to read the paper and respond to the following prompts in a 300-500 word response (cut and paste your response from a word document).
1. What is meant by the term NEO-CONSERVATISM?
2. How does Vietnam continue to impact American foreign policy in 2009?
3. What lessons should American policy-makers take from the Vietnam War, in your estimation?
HERE'S THE PAPER:
THIS BONUS WILL RUN FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE TERM.