Saigon Comparisons: The Events of April 29th and 30th, 1975 and Today

Does it make sense to compare Saigon 1975 to today’s events? It might, but maybe not for the reasons people are doing it. We look at the 1975 Operation Frequent Wind – the evacuation of Saigon and the comparisons to today’s events, the politics at the time and now and more.  


The first thing to know is, despite the image of failure, those days were an operational success in a sea of bad policy decisions. In this episode we look at that and: the original plan that was ditched, what Marines on the ground that day said, how it felt for a journalist, effects on the ’76 election if any, the reluctant ambassador, 2022 midterms and burning US dollars.

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