Episode 4. Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

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Episode 4. Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)

Annotated Transcript Of Episode 4

John Del Vecchio

A master storyteller sets these things up, and Burns has been setting this element up since at least episode two. We’ve come to like and admire not just Denton but his mother and sister. More than like and admire, we identify with them. By his demise Denton has become our son, our brother, our friend. This is very powerful. Exactly what is needed to convince a viewer who might be skeptical of Burns’ historical perspective, to essentially throw in the towel.

R.J. Del Vecchio

. . . it now shows the theme that's being built up. Mistake after mistake after mistake that our leaders made, the rise of sincere and wonderful antiwar people, and apparently they could find only vets who were there who decided over the years what a bad idea it all was, how badly it was all run. Not a single vet who today is still proud of his service and believes in the cause of our being there.

Dan Kellum

The Marines and soldiers who spent time in the bush found it hard to talk to the camera about losing their buddies in the bush....their emotion came through as they told their stories. I would've like to have heard more of the comradery of the Marines and soldiers who actually did the fighting in Vietnam. I think Novick/Burns dwelled on the enemy combatants for an inordinate amount of time in this episode.

Charles Krohn

Clausewitz reminds us that morale is more important in warfare than physical factors. The NVA dedication to their cause and unrelenting sacrifices until victory was achieved is a remarkable achievement, however measured. There were many in the South with similar convictions, but they play only a minor role in this episode. Still, they should not be forgotten.

Spyridon Mitsotakis

Harrison Salisbury's reporting from North Vietnam should be remembered only as an embarrassment to the journalistic profession.
But it was, shamefully, exhibited as fact in Ken Burns's The Vietnam War documentary. It was a segment in which a number of interviewees in Vietnam were talking about the bombing. The narrator tells the audience that most Americans didn't believe what the North Vietnamese were saying — but then Harrison Salisbury's reporting convinced them that it was true.

Christian Appy

The Vietnam War characteristically fails to draw the most damning conclusions from the evidence it provides.

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