The strange ‘Madmen’ view of the Vietnam War

I couldn’t help being amused by the Madmen view of Vietnam. As early as 1965 in the show, all the young guys in the agency seemed threatened by the idea of being seized by the military and sent to their death in Southeast Asia.

Later, when the son of one of Don’s lovers faced certain death at the hands of his local draft board, Don became obsessed with saving his life, while the kid made plans to hightail it to Canada.

And then there’s the weird scene where the goofy little kid who used to be a neighbor of the Drapers mans up and joins the Army with every intention of going to Vietnam. Sally freaks out, spewing leftist garbage like “Why, so you can kill kids your own age?” She couldn’t have been more than 13–an age when politics, if it has somehow managed to raise its ugly head, is no match for hormones. And yet we’re to believe that she has already been indoctrinated with Bill Ayers-type dogma.

Here’s the reality: It actually took quite a while for the self-righteous U.S. media and the likes of Jane Fonda and John Kerry to have their way with America. In the early years of the war–I suppose the Madmen writers had no way of knowing this–people pulled for our troops, wished them the best and then went to the mall, much the way things have been going for our warriors today.

The seeds of rioting in America were scattered around the globe by masters of Soviet disinformation. They even had a whole department of Dezinformatsiya. Later, they cooked up the idea that the U.S. invented AIDS and spread that notion around the world. Don’t believe it? Look it up.

American soldiers play with Montagnard kids. (1968)

American soldiers play with Montagnard kids. (1968)

A massive Soviet disinformation campaign was also responsible for all that “baby killer” crap. Who bought it? Just like the AIDS story, people who wanted to believe it, did. The naive U.S. media of course lapped up misinformation so fast they almost barfed between each breath. The pampered children of privilege like Jane Fonda and John Kerry needed a cause they could get behind–especially one that would reveal how compassionate and enlightened they were.

Damn. Now that I’ve mentioned John Kerry’s name, I’m primed to go off on an extended rant. Since I’ve said what I wanted top say in this post, I’ll take a deep breath and deal with Kerry next time.

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