Lost Chance in Vietnam

Karnow, Stanley
February 1974
New Republic;2/2/74, Vol. 170 Issue 5, p17
Focuses on the political leadership of former President Ngo Dinh Diem in Vietnam, which has been called incompetent and corrupt. Support of former U.S. president John F. Kennedy on the ouster of Diem regime; Reliance of Diem for advice on his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu; Worries of the U.S. on the struggle against the Vietcong; Attempts of both brothers to schedule clandestine meetings between representatives of the North and South Vietnam; Role of Europeans in communication between Diem and North Vietnam activists; Lack of confidence of North Vietnamese in Diem due to his attitude towards the Soviet Union; Denial of Kennedy administration officials that Nhu's contacts with Hanoi have been a factor in the coup against the Diem regime.


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