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Rick Perlstein alleged that the flag was politically contrived to distract the American public from atrocities waged by U.S. troops against people overseas.

"Richard Nixon invented the cult of the POW/MIA in order to justify the carnage in Vietnam in a way that rendered the United States as its sole victim," Perlstein wrote.

On "The Kelly File" tonight, Trace Gallagher reported that critics have countered Perlstein's assertion by saying that it's a flag of remembrance.

"Others believe the flag is a symbol of POWs and MIAs from all wars, not just Vietnam," Gallagher said.

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