The Pentagon Papers / Edition 1

The Pentagon Papers / Edition 1

by George C. Herring
     
 

This book provides a brief and manageable collection of the most important documents on U.S. policymaking in the Vietnam War between 1950 and 1968. Edited by the foremost Vietnam historian, this supplementary text can be used in conjunction with any history of the Vietnam war—Herring's own America's Longest War, for example.See more details below

Overview

This book provides a brief and manageable collection of the most important documents on U.S. policymaking in the Vietnam War between 1950 and 1968. Edited by the foremost Vietnam historian, this supplementary text can be used in conjunction with any history of the Vietnam war—Herring's own America's Longest War, for example.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780070283800
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1Origins of Involvement, 1946-19601
Ho Chi Minh's 1946 Appeal for Help4
NSC 1952 Policy Study on Southeast Asia5
French Seek U.S. Air Intervention at Dienbienphu11
U.S. Rejects French Plea13
French Response14
Instructions to U.S. Delegation to Geneva Conference14
Joint Chiefs of Staff 1954 War Plans for Indochina16
Geneva Accords, July 195418
U.S. Response to Geneva Accords21
Edward Lansdale Report on CIA Operations in Vietnam, 1954-195523
Ambassador Durbrow's Concern About Diem Government, 196037
2John F. Kennedy and the Escalation of the War, 1961-196342
Kennedy Task Force May 1961 "Program of Action"44
NSAM 52 May 1961 Program50
LBJ May 1961 Report on Asian Trip51
Maxwell Taylor Proposes U.S. Combat Troops for Vietnam55
McNamara Response to Taylor Proposals58
State Department Pessimism on Vietnam60
Intelligence Assessment of 1963 Buddhist Protest62
Washington Moves Toward Coup63
Ambassador Lodge Encourages Coup Planning65
CIA Station Chief Assesses Coup Prospects65
Lodge Scenario for Removal of Diem66
Washington Response to Lodge Proposals68
Unravelling of August Coup Plan69
Generals Renew Coup Plotting70
Washington Response to Minh Overture72
Lodge Urges Support for Coup73
Washington's Concern About Coup75
Lodge Urges Proceeding with Plan75
Bundy Outlines Contingency Plans79
Lodge Phone Conversation with Diem81
3Graduated Response, 1963-196583
McNamara's March 1964 Assessment of Situation in Vietnam86
NSAM 288 Plans for Retaliation93
U.S. Warnings to North Vietnam95
September 1964 Proposals for Escalation97
McNaughton Proposals, November 1964100
Ambassador Taylor's Meeting with South Vietnamese Generals103
4America Goes to War, 1965107
Bundy Urges "Sustained Reprisal"109
Washington Approves Rolling Thunder114
McNaughton's March 1965 Proposals115
CIA Assessment of Air War118
NSAM 328 Enlarges Ground Forces and Changes Mission120
George Ball Opposes Escalation122
McNamara Urges Major Expansion of Ground Forces129
5Stalemate, 1965-1966132
McNamara's November 1965 Assessment of the War134
McNamara's Early Doubts136
McNaughton Hints at Compromise137
Proposal for an Anti-Infiltration Barrier140
Johnson Presses for "Coonskins on the Wall"142
Walt Rostow on Pol Bombing144
JCS Order Pol Attacks145
McNamara Seeks to Limit Ground Forces146
Westmoreland Asks for Additional Troops147
IDA Assessment of the Bombing148
6The 1967 Policy Debate156
McNamara Opposes Escalation158
JCS Oppose Cutback in Bombing169
McNamara November 1966 DPM171
Westmoreland Requests Additional Troops173
JCS Support Westmoreland Request178
Johnson, Wheeler, and Westmoreland Discuss Force Needs180
McGeorge Bundy Opposes Escalation183
Enthoven Opposes Increase in Ground Forces186
Rostow Analysis of Air War187
McNamara Turns Dove191
William Bundy Response to McNamara201
7The Tet Offensive and the End of Escalation205
CINPAC Late 1967 Report on War208
Wheeler's Post-Tet Report to President210
LBJ's March 31, 1968 Decisions217
Glossary219
The Pentagon Papers: A Bibliographical Essay223

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