By William J. Rust

ISBN-10: 0813135788

ISBN-13: 9780813135786

In the last decade previous the 1st U.S. strive against operations in Vietnam, the Eisenhower management sought to defeat a communist-led insurgency in neighboring Laos. even though U.S. overseas coverage within the Fifties concentrated totally on threats posed via the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the yank engagement in Laos developed from a small chilly warfare skirmish right into a superpower disagreement close to the top of President Eisenhower's moment time period. eventually, the yankee adventure in Laos foreshadowed the various errors made by way of the U.S. in Vietnam within the 1960s.

In earlier than the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954--1961, William J. Rust delves into key coverage judgements made in Washington and their implementation in Laos, which turned first steps at the route to the broader conflict in Southeast Asia. Drawing on formerly untapped archival assets, sooner than the Quagmire files how useless and infrequently self-defeating advice to Laotian anticommunist elites mirrored primary misunderstandings in regards to the country's politics, historical past, and tradition. the yank aim of stopping a communist takeover in Laos used to be additional hindered by means of divisions between Western allies and U.S. officers themselves, who at one element supplied reduction to either the Royal Lao govt and to a Laotian normal who plotted to overthrow it. prior to the Quagmire is a shiny research of a serious interval of chilly conflict background, filling a spot in our knowing of U.S. coverage towards Southeast Asia and America's access into the Vietnam War.

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You see, she is apprehensive of my participation in “demonstration” or things like that. She doesn’t like to “rock the boat” I guess we might say. And yet I cannot give up my interest in these things for a number of reasons. I would be a traitor to the university system who gave me some of the insight into the problems of our day. I owe it to my children to help to prepare a world they can live in with peace but I also feel responsible for children I do not even know, in Viet Nam or any other country that is torn by war.

Rockaway, New Jersey April 29, 1966 Dear Doctor Spock, My heart compels me to write and thank you for you article in Post. In raising our “three men,” I have often dragged out the book. How wonderful it was to have a friend. Your thoughts have been so like mine that I was amazed there was another nut in the world. Our boys are not perfect, heaven forbid! We have just loved them and really enjoyed growing up together. We do hope that you will lecture in a place where I have the courage to drive.

If we feel that injustice is being done in Vietnam, we should report the matter to the United Nations. N. S. to punish the North Vietnamese. “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” saith the Lord. We should trust Him, and the United Nations to try to make it work. One can argue that we fight to protect democracy. I sympathize with President Johnson in his persistent upholding of the traditional presidential helpful gesture that President Eisenhower started in 1954, because he preferred democracy to a communist government in Vietnam.

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