The Secret War Against Hanoi: The Untold Story of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam

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Harper Collins, Dec 5, 2000 - History - 440 pages
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In 1963, a frustrated President Kennedy turned to the Pentagon for help in carrying out subversive operations against North Vietnam- a job the CIA had not managed to handle effectively. Thus was born the Pentagon's Special Operations Group(SOG). Under the cover name"Studies and Observation Group," SOG would, over the next eight years, dispatch numerous spies to North Vietnam, create a triple-cross deception program, wage psychological warfare by manipulating North Vietnamese POW's and kidnapped citizens, and stage deadly assaults on enemy soldiers traveling the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Written by the country's leading expert on SOG, here is the story of that covert war-one that would have both spectacular and disastrous results.

 

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Don't read this book expecting 408 pages detailing the adventures of individual SOG soldiers and their missions. There is really only one chapter, "Crossing the Fence" with its details of SOG ... Read full review

THE SECRET WAR AGAINST HANOI: Kennedy and Johnson's Use of Spies, Saboteurs, and Covert Warriors in North Vietnam

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An impressively researched and readable account of the use and misuse of covert activity against Hanoi during the Vietnam War. In 1961, President Kennedy decided to step up covert activity against the ... Read full review

Contents

IF THEY CAN Do IT So CAN WE i
1
STANDING UP MACVSOG
41
DRIVE THEM CRAZY WITH PSYWAR
128
FROM THE SEA
174
CROSSING THE FENCE
204
SOG AND U S MILITARY STRATEGY
266
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
395
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Page 414 - THOMPSON is associate professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Page 18 - US objective and concept of operations stated in report are approved: to prevent Communist domination of South Vietnam; to create in that country a viable and increasingly democratic society, and to initiate, on an accelerated basis, a series of mutually supporting actions of a military, political, economic, psychological and covert character designed to achieve this objective.
Page 318 - I am not going to be the President who saw Southeast Asia go the way China went.
Page 311 - chewed out in the Cabinet Room of the White House by both the President and the Attorney General for, as he put it, sitting on his ass and not doing anything about getting rid of Castro and the Castro regime.
Page 75 - ... [W]e are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence," Kennedy warned later that year.
Page 271 - Top level direction was given through ad hoc meetings of senior officials without consideration of operational plans in writing and with no arrangement for recording conclusions and decisions reached.
Page 10 - Specifically, such operations shall include any covert activities related to: propaganda; economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition, and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance movements, guerrillas and refugee liberation groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world.
Page 75 - For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.
Page 392 - Lyndon Baines Johnson, THE VANTAGE POINT (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971), 471. 8. Cited in Alexander J. Groth, "United States Policy Toward Eastern Europe, 1969-1973," in US FOREIGN POLICY IN A CHANGING WORLD, ed.

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Richard H. Shultz, Jr., is the director of the International Security Studies Program and associate professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has been Olin Distinguished Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Military Academy; Secretary of the Navy Senior Research Fellow, U.S. Naval War College; and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University. His books include The Soviet Union and Revolutionary Warfare.

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