"Whether Alternative A, B or C is initially adopted, if U.S. forces engage in combat in Indochina, the United States must be prepared to commit whatever forces are necessary to insure military success."

Special Annex on Indochina to Memorandum by the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (Lay) to the NSC Planning Board, Subject: U.S. Policies Indochina with Respect to Certain Contingencies in Indochina, TOP SECRET, WASHINGTON, March 29, 1954, S/P-NSC files, lot 62 D 1, "Indochina"

Examining the Myths of the Vietnam War

War Stories Part II -- The View From Headquarters

Day Two -- Tuesday, July 27, 2004 Second Session 1030-1215 (Click to see video) (Click here to see transcript) [Suggestion: you might want to listen to the Video while reading the transcript. To do this, open the Video which will take you toWindows Media Player and then minimize it and open the transcript.]

7. Myths of the Vietnam War, continuing the other session, but going into tactics and geo-politics.

Speaker/Moderator: [Jim McLeroy, with Dr. Robert Turner, Max Friedman, Dolf Droge and Bill Laurie]

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Discussion Forum: Click here to discuss this session

Articles of Interest:

As I Saw It And Now See It: A Perspective On America's Unique Experience In Vietnam, by General William C. Westmoreland, USA (Retired)

Suggested Reading:

1. A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam; Lewis Sorley; Harcourt, Inc., NY; 1999.
2. A Distant Challenge: The US Infantryman in Vietnam, 1967-1972; same as Session 6. 1. above. 
3. Historical Atlas of the Vietnam War; Harry Summers; Houghton Mifflin, NY; 1995.
4.  The Secret War Against Hanoi: Kennedy's and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam; Richard Shultz; HarperCollins, NY; 1999.
5. A Soldier Reports; William C. Westmoreland; Doubleday, NY; 1976.
6. Vietnam: A Reader from the Pages of Vietnam Magazine; same as Session 6. 7. above.
Victory in Vietnam, the Official History of the Peope's Army of Vietnam 1954-1975, Translated by Merle L Pribbenow, University Press of Kansas, 2002



"Never have so many lies been written about so small a country."  --- Dr. Phan Quang Dan