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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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Counteraction to Counterinsurgency

Counteraction to Counterinsurgency

The Military Solution

(p.49) 3 Counteraction to Counterinsurgency
Death of a Generation

Howard Jones

Oxford University Press

Despite President Kennedy's outspoken support for counterinsurgency, nearly everyone around him preferred a military solution. Counterinsurgency required patience and time, all the while seeking a partial victory at best. Once South Vietnam, with U.S. assistance and advice, had reduced the Vietcong's activities to domestic disturbances, the Diem regime would emerge victorious. But those propounding a military remedy had little faith in South Vietnam's ability to win the war by itself. More important, they had no confidence in Diem. President Kennedy continued to oppose an Americanization of the war and insisted that only the South Vietnamese could determine its verdict.

Keywords:   John F. Kennedy, Vietnam War, military policy, foreign policy, South Vietnam, counterinsurgency, Diem

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