Lengthy conversations with several Vietnam vets and an ex-drone sensor operator’s mention of the Winter Soldier Investigation last week prompted me to pick up Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves today. It’s been decades since I’ve read much on Vietnam, but those years quickly come back in Turse’s excerpts from trial transcripts and other documents:
a lieutenant “captured two unarmed and unidentified Vietnamese males, estimated 2-3 and 7-8 years … and killed them for no reason”
I try to imagine the investigator or court reporter who recorded this. How do you write about a U.S. Army officer capturing an unarmed two or three-year-old?