South Viet Nam: A Problem of Help

The U.S. Air Force 707 transport had barely cleared Maryland's Andrews Air Force Base when President Kennedy's special military adviser. General Maxwell D. Taylor, summoned the first conference in his forward cabin. For the next three days and 9,000 miles, Taylor and members of his top-level team were almost continuously locked in consultation. Only a few hours after their jet touched down at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport. South Viet Nam's President Ngo Dinh Diem underscored the urgency of their mission by announcing a state of national emergency, admitting that his country is engaged in a full-scale war with the...

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