Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, V. 5: Vietnam, 1967

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Government Printing Office, 2002 - History - 1175 pages
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Edited by Kent Seig. General Editor: David S. Patterson.

The volume covers a broad range of topics and themes, the foremost of which is the U.S. effort to explore a possible negotiated settlement of the war. There is in-depth coverage of the major unsuccessful peace initiatives, Sunflower and Pennsylvania to the North Vietnamese and Buttercup to the National Liberation Front, as well as less detailed coverage of other peace initiatives thought at the time by U.S. policymakers to be less promising. Another major theme of the volume is the military intensification of the war effort to force the enemy to accept a peace settlement. The Presidential decisions to intensify the bombing campaign against North Vietnam and the long debate and final compromise decision by Johnson to augment the level of U.S. forces in Vietnam are part of this theme. The problem of U.S. domestic support for the war is another theme, as the Johnson administration grappled with building anti-war pressure. During the period covered by the volume, the Johnson administration named a new Ambassador to Vietnam, Ellsworth Bunker, put Robert Komer in charge of pacification and rural development, and then engaged in an effort to encourage reorganization and reform of the South Vietnam Government. This campaign, which had mixed results, is another main theme.

Documents in the volume also cover the South Vietnamese presidential elections, especially U.S. concerns about lack of unity between the two military contenders for the presidency. Another focus is the debate within the U.S. intelligence community over the size of the enemy in South Vietnam, the so-called order of battle controversy. During 1967 the administration conducted a reassessment of the war, a continuing theme of U.S. Vietnam policy, which resulted in advice to the President to stay the course.

High school students and above may find fresh information about President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration and negotations for peace during the Vietnam War and the continuing theme of U.S. Vietnam policy and diplomatic efforts. Political scientists, international relations scholars, defense strategists, and historians may be interested in this primary source reference work. High school, academic, and public libraries should have this volume in their Presidential and War and Politics collections.

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Vietnam 1967
Debate over expansion of the war FebruaryMay
Political development in South Vietnam MayJune
Policy decisions and the McNamara and CliffordTaylor Missions
Pennsylvania and overtures to the enemy September October
The Wise Mens meeting of November 1 and planning to stay the course

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Audience: Students researching historical U.S. foreign relations for political science classes coursework assignments or the history of America's foreign economic/democratic/human rights policies may be interested in the insights and topics covered in this volume. Political scientists and historians with interests in United States foreign policies and foreign relations will also be interested in this work.