Blowtorch: Robert Komer and the Making of Vietnam Pacification Policy

Jones, Frank L.
September 2005
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Autumn2005, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p103
Academic Journal
This article discusses the role of Robert Komer, interim National Security Adviser of the United States in 1966 under the administration of president Lyndon B. Johnson, in the making of Vietnam pacification policy. Komer set out to implement the president's goals for the "other war" in Vietnam, goals that were staggeringly different and complex from the large-unit war being conducted there. In essence, to fight the other war, he had to redirect and harness the activities of civilian agencies as well as military efforts to provide security and defeat the Vietnamese guerrillas, as part of a better-coordinated U.S. effort to support the government of South Vietnam through a nation-building program known as pacification.


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