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Not Our Loss: Exit from Vietnam

Jussi Hanhimäki

in The Flawed Architect

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195172218
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849994 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172218.003.0017
Not Our Loss: Exit from Vietnam

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The events of spring 1975 were a tragedy of immense proportions for countless South Vietnamese. However, the October War in the Middle East and the impact of the oil crisis had shifted the focus of Washington and Kissinger. From their standpoint, Vietnam had become a sideshow. Furthermore, Kissinger stated that Vietnam was no longer a policy issue and there was nothing the administration could do to alter the course of events. This chapter illustrates how Kissinger held Congress responsible for the collapse of Vietnam and Cambodia due to its decision to decrease America's assistance to them. However, the author contends that despite Congress's cutbacks, Kissinger's diplomacy hardly improved Saigon's chances and the secretary of state's own policies heavily contributed to the disaster in Indochina in 1975.

Keywords: South Vietnamese; October War; Middle East; Washington; Kissinger; Cambodia; Congress; Saigon; Indochina

Chapter.  8160 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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