South Viet Nam: The Noncoup

All of the U.S.'s hopes for an honorable settlement of the war in Viet Nam rest on a stable, representative South Vietnamese government, able to carry an increasing burden of the fighting and, within reason, hold its own politically once peace comes a chilling hours last week, those hopes seemed about to be dashed to bits. Rumors of a military coup against the elected government of President Nguyen Van Thieu swept through Sai gon and the Vietnamese armed forces were ordered on full alert. All the night marish instability of 1960-65, with...

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