Vietnamization


“Vietnamization of the war was a policy of the Richard Nixon administration to end U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War through a program to ‘expand, equip, and train South Vietnam’s forces and assign to them an ever-increasing combat role, at the same time steadily reducing the number of U.S. combat troops.’ Brought on by the Viet Cong‘s Tet Offensive, the policy referred to U.S. combat troops specifically in the ground combat role, but did not reject combat by the U.S. Air Force, as well as the support to South Vietnam, consistent with the policies of U.S. foreign military assistance organizations. … The name ‘Vietnamization’ came about accidentally.  … Lyndon Johnson‘s major political interests were domestic; the war interfered with his domestic focus, and he was eager to end the war in a way that he considered politically acceptable. In 1967, Kissinger attended a Pugwash Conference of scientists interested in nuclear disarmament. Two participants approached Kissinger and offered a disavowable means of communication between the U.S. and the communist leadership. In particular, Raymond Aubrac, an official of the World Health Organization, knew Ho Chi Minh and agreed to carry a message. …”
Wikipedia
NY Times: The Birth of ‘Vietnamization’
History (Video)
Richard Nixon – Vietnamization Speech, November 3, 1969

President Nixon’s Speech on “Vietnamization,” November 3, 1969

About 1960s: Days of Rage

Bill Davis - 1960s: Days of Rage
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