The former Secretary of State was interviewed extensively for the documentary but was allowed to make allegations and self-serving remarks without any balancing perspective from Kennedy or anyone else. My familiarity with how the war ended is reflected in two books I have written about it, Decent Interval and Irreparable Harm. I have also appeared in many other documentaries about it and related national security issues.
The war was unpopular and seemed pointless to many. Protests were rampant, so in this speech Nixon defended his decision to keep U. Good evening, my fellow Americans. Tonight I want to talk to you on a subject of deep concern to all Americans and to many people in all parts of the world -- the war in Vietnam.
I believe that one of the reasons for the deep division about Vietnam is that many Americans have lost confidence in what their Government has told them about our policy.
The American people cannot and should not be asked to support a policy which involves the overriding issues of war and peace unless they know the truth about that policy.
Tonight, therefore, I would like to answer some of the questions that I know are on the minds of many of you listening to me.
How and why did America get involved in Vietnam in the first place? How has this administration changed the policy of the previous administration? What has really happened in the negotiations in Paris and on the battlefront in Vietnam?
What choices do we have if we are to end the war? What are the prospects for peace?
Now, let me begin by describing the situation I found when I was inaugurated on January The war had been going on for four years. One thousand Americans had been killed in action.
The training program for the South Vietnamese was behind schedule;Americans were in Vietnam with no plans to reduce the number. No progress had been made at the negotiations in Paris and the United States had not put forth a comprehensive peace proposal.
The war was causing deep division at home and criticism from many of our friends as well as our enemies abroad. In view of these circumstances there were some who urged that I end the war at once by ordering the immediate withdrawal of all American forces.
From a political standpoint this would have been a popular and easy course to follow. After all, we became involved in the war while my predecessor was in office.
I could blame the defeat which would be the result of my action on him and come out as the peacemaker. Some put it to me quite bluntly: But I had a greater obligation than to think only of the years of my administration and of the next election.
I had to think of the effect of my decision on the next generation and on the future of peace and freedom in America and in the world. Let us all understand that the question before us is not whether some Americans are for peace and some Americans are against peace.
The great question is: Well, let us turn now to the fundamental issue. Why and how did the United States become involved in Vietnam in the first place? Fifteen years ago North Vietnam, with the logistical support of communist China and the Soviet Union, launched a campaign to impose a communist government on South Vietnam by instigating and supporting a revolution.
In response to the request of the Government of South Vietnam, President Eisenhower sent economic aid and military equipment to assist the people of South Vietnam in their efforts to prevent a communist takeover. Seven years ago, President Kennedy sent 16, military personnel to Vietnam as combat advisers.
And many others -- I among them -- have been strongly critical of the way the war has been conducted. But the question facing us today is: Now that we are in the war, what is the best way to end it? In January I could only conclude that the precipitate withdrawal of American forces from Vietnam would be a disaster not only for South Vietnam but for the United States and for the cause of peace.
For the South Vietnamese, our precipitate withdrawal would inevitably allow the Communists to repeat the massacres which followed their takeover in the North 15 years before; They then murdered more than 50, people and hundreds of thousands more died in slave labor camps.
We saw a prelude of what would happen in South Vietnam when the Communists entered the city of Hue last year. During their brief rule there, there was a bloody reign of terror in which 3, civilians were clubbed, shot to death, and buried in mass graves.The role of the United States in the Vietnam War began after World War II and escalated into full commitment during the Vietnam War from to The U.S.
involvement in South Vietnam stemmed from 20 long years of political and economic action. These had the common incentive of ending the growing communist domination in Vietnam. In their sprawling documentary of the Vietnam War, producer-directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick provide ample coverage of the personal stories of US and Vietnamese participants in the war and of.
Just Ask -That way I can track who is using it and if it is doing any good Thank You -Ron Leonard. Nixon's 'Silent Majority' speech. A year after he was elected, on November 3, , President Nixon gave the following address on the situation in Vietnam.
Angel's Truck Stop: A Woman's Love, Laughter, and Loss during the Vietnam War [Angel Pilato] on kaja-net.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. How do you survive when everything you believed about the world is turned upside down? In , at the height of the Vietnam War.
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