Diem’s province leaders, which cause the fall of the local government and anger citizens.  Because of Van Minh’s actions, he was ousted from officer on January 30 th , 1964 and replace by ARVN General Nguyen Khanh. Khanh quickly accepted the advice of the United States and became popular with the people of South Vietnam by making visits and giving speeches a different villages and cities in South Vietnam. However, under Khanh’s leadership the South Vietnamese military had not progress in the way the United States had predicted.  Khanh had intended to bring new hope to the Strategic Hamlet Program but he struggled. Unable to protect the government of South Vietnam, Khanh inadvertently created public chaos and enhance the Viet Cong progression. In the fall of 1964, the United States government loss confidence in Khanh’s leadership and Khanh resigned on October 30, 1964. Analysis/Opinion His resignation eventually led to the next attempt of reform through civilian government. You can see the pattern of attempting to gain control with misplacing trust. The U.S. was quick to place trust into an individual with properly vetting them first. Additionally, South Vietnam had too many individuals involved some with good intention and others with their own agendas. This cycle of leadership would contribute to the United States decision in signing the Paris Peace Accords and exiting the Vietnam War in 1973. Question for the Class: Do you believe that the non-existence of an effective leader for South Vietnam was a reason for North Vietnam’s quest to unify the north and south into one country? 1. Anderson, David. The Columbia History of the Vietnam War 2. Ibid 3. Ibid
4. Ibid Bibliography Anderson, David. The Columbia History of the Vietnam War. Dealing with a Government of Madmen . Retrieved 11 May 2020.
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