The gods of war

Investigating Bob Kerrey

Did Bob Kerrey commit a war crime in Vietnam when his navy squadron killed unarmed women and children? Or were the killings in Thanh Phong accidents of war, the kind of terrible mistakes that even the most careful soldiers make in the fog of battle? We don’t know the answer. Kerrey insists that the actions that have haunted him for 30 years were within the range of proper military conduct, but the facts are murky in Kerrey’s own account, and his version is disputed by others. Unfortunately, military officials and political leaders do not seem prepared even to pursue the questions.


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