Johnson, Robert H.
July 1970
Foreign Affairs;Jul1970, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p629
This article discusses the U.S. policies in Vietnam. The uneasy public quiet on Vietnam which U.S. President Richard Nixon achieved with his speech last November 3 was shattered by the large-scale U.S. military intervention in eastern Cambodia. Once more U.S. policy in Southeast Asia became the subject of major controversy. In his November 3 speech the President offered a strategy based upon the twin approach of negotiations and Vietnamization of the war, accompanied by withdrawals of American forces. He was pessimistic about the outlook for negotiations but told us that Vietnamization would permit the U.S. to disengage from the war even if negotiations failed. No one in Vietnam or elsewhere has any clear idea as to likely military reactions by the communists as the U.S. withdraws from Vietnam. Political stability in South Vietnam will also be very difficult to estimate in a changing situation. The situation in the one area from which all U.S. ground combat troops have been withdrawn, the Mekong Delta, has generally been viewed with considerable euphoria as evidence that Vietnamization is succeeding.


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