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Who the Hell Is Our Boy?

William J. Rust

in Before the Quagmire

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813135786
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813136844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813135786.003.0010
Who the Hell Is Our Boy?

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One month after the Kong Le Coup, General Phoumi and his front man, Prince Boun Oum, announce the establishment of a revolutionary government headquartered in Savannakhet in southern Laos. The embassy and CIA station in Vientiane urged U.S. support for Souvanna's legal government, while officials in Washington tended to favor Phoumi and the Savannakhet group attempting to overthrow the prime minister. A team of U.S. officials-J. Graham Parsons from the State Department, John Irwin from the Pentagon, and Vice Admiral Herbert Riley from CINCPAC-traveled to Laos, intending to resolve the policy differences within the U.S. government but failing in their mission. Pentagon officials sought the recall of Ambassador Winthrop Brown, whose support of Souvanna is considered virtually treasonous.

Keywords: Boun Oum; Savannakhet group; Parsons-Irwin-Riley mission; Winthrop Brown

Chapter.  10672 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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