Foreign Relations: Report from Viet Nam

Over a ticker in the White House basement last week clacked the somber words that may help to decide the fate of embattled South Viet Nam—and perhaps all of Southeast Asia. They were in a preliminary report from President Kennedy's chief military adviser, General Maxwell D. Taylor, fresh from a seven-day fact-finding tour of South Viet Nam. Though the U.S. had sent five earlier fact-finding missions to Viet Nam, Taylor's mission was to be the final, decisive survey of the situation before the U.S. decides what course to take to save its...

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