America in Vietnam

America in Vietnam

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 0195027329

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

America in Vietnam

Language: English

Pages: 560

ISBN: 0195027329

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Chronicles American involvement in Vietnam, from the 1950s through the 1970s, documenting strategic and tactical failures and reviewing the charges made against the American conduct of the war.

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coerced suspected deviants,100 suggest that the Con Son prisoners certainly had the organizational capability to stage the paralysis as a propaganda effort. It should finally be noted that many of those who accepted the allegations of paralysis suffered at Con Son also bought the hoax of the underground tiger cages. Tiziano Terzani, for example, wrote: “The ‘cages’ were small pits dug in the earth and covered with iron gratings. The prisoners could not move, and their legs atrophied and became

did not impede North Vietnam’s military drive to take over the South. Within little more than two years after the signing of the alleged “peace with honor,” South Vietnam had fallen to North Vietnamese troops which had never left the South and to massive reinforcements which the meaningless inspection provisions of the Paris agreement could not prevent from entering South Vietnam. To be sure, as Nixon assured Thieu in November 1972, the administration believed that peace in Vietnam would depend

accounted for less than one percent of American exports.16 The stock market showed itself to be an accurate barometer of the drain which the Vietnam war caused the American economy; after 1967 the market reflected the desire of the American financial community to see the conflict brought to a speedy conclusion. Each time either side engaged in some conciliatory step the stocks responded with rising prices.17 By 1970 the war, with all its ramifications, had turned into a near-disaster for the

p. 1, Phu Yen province file, CMH. 80. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), AAR, PERSHING—Search and Destroy, 12 February 1967–21 January 1968, 29 June 1968, Tab 2, p. 1. 81. MACCORDS, “A Study of Pacification and Security in Cu Chi District, Hau Nghia Province,” 29 May 1968, p. 34, CMH. 82. Note 63 above, p. 71. 83. Pentagon Papers IV:428–30. 84. Note 4 above, p. 227. 85. Pentagon Papers IV:528. 86. Ibid., p. 538. 87. Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, U.S. Marine Corps Forces in Vietnam 1967,

effects of U.S. bombing, 394 treatment of U.S. prisoners in, 340–42 use of napalm, 243 use of tear gas, 250 volume of aerial bombing, 385 Korea, Republic of (South Korea): atrocity by troops of, 327 troops in Vietnam, 46, 58, 97 U.S. assistance to, 427 Koster, Samuel W., 363–64 Kushner, F. Harold, 333 Ky, Nguyen Cao, 49, 122, 187 Lacouture, Jean, 15, 18 Laird, Melvin, 146, 154, 282, 335, 350, 407, 409 Lando, Barry, 323–24 Land reform: Land-to-the-Tiller Law, 188–89, 218, 302 in

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