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Death of a GenerationHow the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War$
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Howard Jones

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176056

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176056.001.0001

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End of the Tunnel?

End of the Tunnel?

A Comprehensive Plan for South Vietnam

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Death of a Generation

Howard Jones

Oxford University Press

As the war escalated, so did the president's interest in a partial withdrawal. The Mansfield report was deeply troubling not only because it contradicted most previous assessments but because it came from a close friend. Like the recommendations of another friend and confidant, John Kenneth Galbraith, the Montana senator called for a U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam followed by its neutralization. The White House rejected the two extremes of total withdrawal and total immersion in the war and searched for a middle ground aimed at saving South Vietnam without losing U.S. credibility.

Keywords:   John F. Kennedy, Vietnam War, foreign policy, military policy, troop withdrawal, South Vietnam

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