SOUTH VIET NAM: Tremors from Washington

Reports that South Viet Nam's Premier Ngo Dinh Diem is about to resign "may be a bit premature," said a State Department official carefully. Returning from Saigon to report to Dwight Eisenhower, the President's special envoy, General J. Lawton Collins, would only say that "We are behind the legal government of Viet Nam," and he didn't mention Premier Ngo Dinh Diem. The French government, wise in such subtleties of omission, concluded that General Collins had perhaps given way to them, and was recommending Diem's replacement.

The tremors of such uncertainty in the U.S.—upon which South Viet Nam now depends almost...

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