Gus interviewing POWs.
He saw the spilling of
blood and the mangling of hearts and minds, but when he wrote them all
down, they were just G.I. Joe stories. He had wanted to write
the real thing.
"We were public relations
men for the war and the Marine Corps," Hasford says in a phone call
from Los Angeles. "We appeared to be journalists, but we were
really simply promoting the war and promoting the Marine Corps."
Native Wrote the Book on Vietnam," the Birmingham News, 1987
As a Combat Correspondent
I was part of the vast gray machine that does not dispense clean information.
The American weakness is that we try to rule the world with public relations,
then end up believing our own con jobs. We are adrift in a mythical
ship which no longer touches land.
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