South Viet Nam: Disenchantment with Diem?

President Ngo Dinh Diem is a tough, experienced anti-Communist fighter on whose regime the U.S. has placed high hopes ever since he took over in the chaotic aftermath of the Indo-Chinese war. The U.S. has argued that some of Diem's highhandedness and autocratic ways are necessary in a country desperately menaced by Communist subversion. Even though without him the situation in South Viet Nam might be a disastrous vacuum, Washington lately has become increasingly disenchanted with Diem.

South Viet Nam's President eagerly welcomed those portions of General Maxwell D. Taylor's report that recommended more military aid to South Viet Nam, but...

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