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James DiEugenio

Vietnam Declassified: Kennedy, Johnson,Nixon

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Kennedy  started  his withdrawal plan in April of 1962  with the relay of the Galbraith report to McNamara.

One month later, McNamara formally began the withdrawal plan with his instructions to Harkins.  

After the Sec Def Conference, in May of 1963, and until his death, Kennedy never issued new instructions for anything else.

In fact, he requested an evacuation plan for American personnel from Vietnam in late 1963 since he and McNamara feared Hanoi would overrun the south before the withdrawal plan was completed. (I discuss this in the GIglio interview.)

Therefore, in practical terms, the overthrow that JFK was deceived into backing had no impact on the withdrawal plan.

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On 7/7/2017 at 6:32 PM, James DiEugenio said:

Kennedy  started  his withdrawal plan in April of 1962  with the relay of the Galbraith report to McNamara.

One month later, McNamara formally began the withdrawal plan with his instructions to Harkins.  

After the Sec Def Conference, in May of 1963, and until his death, Kennedy never issued new instructions for anything else.

In fact, he requested an evacuation plan for American personnel from Vietnam in late 1963 since he and McNamara feared Hanoi would overrun the south before the withdrawal plan was completed. (I discuss this in the GIglio interview.)

Therefore, in practical terms, the overthrow that JFK was deceived into backing had no impact on the withdrawal plan.

The truth of that only goes so far.

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"Today's World Report: Truce Moves Reported In Viet Nam," New York World-Telegram & Sun, (Friday), 25 October 1963, p.6: "LONDON - The government of South Vietnam and Communist North Viet Nam are apparently making exploratory contacts that could lead to a truce, diplomatic sources said. There was no official confirmation…Diplomatic sources said the current moves were believed to be aiming at some sort of truce arrangement with possible wider ramifications."

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The overthrow and murder of Diem had an obvious impact on Diem's plans to negotiate peace with the North and the inevitable withdrawal of US troops.

Kennedy's policy of regime change in Saigon contributed greatly to the Vietnam War.

Kennedy was deceived on August 24, but by failing to fire all the deceivers he must take responsibility for the regime change policy.

Edited by Cliff Varnell

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