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"Stunning....The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is bright and memorable."—Publishers WeeklyBy 1968, the USA had devoted over 525,000 males to Vietnam and bombed nearly all army ambitions advised via the joint Chiefs of employees. but, the us was once no toward securing its targets than it have been ahead of the Americanization of the warfare. The long-promised gentle on the finish of the tunnel was once a mirage. This soaking up account finds the financial ruin of the bombing crusade opposed to North Vietnam, the mess ups of political reform in South Vietnam and the sour bureaucratic conflicts among the U.S. executive and its army commanders.

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Following the June 12, 1965, coup, Ky had been installed as premier by the nineteen-member national leadership council until a constitution could be written and elections held, both of which were yet to be done at the time of the Manila conference. ” Ky replied: “No. I don’t think so. ” He said that General Westmoreland had reported to him the other day that half the prisoners captured in recent military operations still thought Diem (who had been assassinated in November 1963) was running the government in Saigon.

The very premise for stabilizing Rolling Thunder as a carrot to induce negotiations was rejected by the chiefs. Instead, they claimed that the air campaign needed to be accelerated. “Our experiences with pauses in bombing and resumption have not been happy ones,” Wheeler wrote. “Additionally, the Joint Chiefs of Staff believe that the likelihood of the war being settled by negotiation is small; and that, far from inducing negotiations, another bombing pause will be regarded by North Vietnamese leaders, and our Allies, as renewed evidence of lack of US determination to press the war to a successful conclusion.

At Honolulu, Johnson learned from General Westmoreland that the July deployments had staved off defeat in the South, but additional troops would now be needed to take the military initiative. S. troop strength from the 184,000 currently deployed to 429,000 by the end of the year. In exchange for the increase LBJ, utilizing his favorite exhortation, told Westmoreland to “nail the coonskin to the wall” by reaching the crossover point by December 1966. LBJ also told Ky he expected results, especially a plan for a new constitution and free elections.

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