A dashing champion of counterinsurgency who helped thwart a rebellion in the Philippines and plotted to oust Fidel Castro, Lansdale was present at the creation of South Vietnam
in 1954 as an important adviser to Prime Minister (and later President) Ngo Dinh Diem.
First, new scholarship on South Vietnam
has focused on the First Republic period (1955-1963), which excludes a consideration of Vietnamese experiences in the south at the height of American involvement.
Unlike former Ambassador to South Vietnam
Frederick Nolting Jr.
Although the bombing campaign was taking on more of a military coloration, forcing Ho Chi Minh to give up his goal of absorbing South Vietnam
into a unified communist state remained the underlying purpose.
support Ngo Din Diem was appointed Prime Minister (later President) of the fledgling government of South Vietnam
position in South Vietnam
was untenable, and subsequent history can't be used to argue the U.
His heroic image was a carefully contrived myth, but his downfall was a genuine tragedy, leading to a deepening involvement of the United States in the fate of the former French colony and the ultimate conquest of South Vietnam
by the communist forces of Ho Chi Minh.
He turned South Vietnam
into a despotic dictatorship with members of his family in key positions.
CONGRESS FORCED THE SURRENDERS OF SOUTH VIETNAM
AND CAMBODIA follows the dramatic series of events which in two years caused Vietnam to change from a war zone to a peaceful region.
President Duong Van Minh, who has been in office for just three days, told his forces to lay down their arms and called on the North Vietnamese Army and Vietcong to halt all hostilities.
Rather than seeing the war as an avoidable catastrophe, they suggest that a stable, non-communist South Vietnam
could have survived if only events had unfolded differently.
JFK sends military troops to South Vietnam
and the Vietnam War begins .