04-25a Marching Toward Tet - Marching Toward Tet: The...

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Marching Toward Tet: The Ordeal of Lyndon Johnson 25 April 2006 Reading: Goodwin, LBJ and the American Dream , 251-368; John Kerry, “Vietnam Veterans Against  the War”; Students for a Democratic Society, “The War Must be Stopped”; Robert  McNamara, “In Retrospect”; Michael Lind, “The Genuine Lessons of the Vietnam War” in  Chafe and Sitkoff, History of Our Time “Trying to hit a floating cork with a sledgehammer” Bombing North Vietnam with everything we had.  We destroyed just about everything there –  bridges, railroads, residences, office buildings, etc.  The key point is:  it had no effect.  By the  Pentagon’s own analysis, “The infiltration of soldiers from the N into the S tripled from 1965 to  1967,” indicating the bombing wasn’t doing any good at all.  Meanwhile political situation in the  south remained an immense headache for the LBJ administration.  There was some stability  achieved.  In early 1966,  Nguyen Cao Ky  (pronounced WIN-COW-KEY) became president, but it  didn’t make Americans happy because he openly proclaimed himself a fascist.  In this case, he  really meant his beliefs.  He stated that his political idol was Adolf Hitler.  The US began putting  on pressure. A new constitution was developed for South Vietnam.  As it turned out, the government that was  created was an exact replica of our own – with a president, house, senate, supreme court (with 9  chief justices, etc.).
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