The Nation: The Anguish of a Yankee Gentleman

At the time of his appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam in 1967, Ellsworth Bunker seemed the perfect man for the job. A coolheaded, persuasive negotiator, Bunker had calmed the thorny Dominican Republic crisis in 1965; he had served as a brilliant mediator in the bitter disputes between Indonesia and The Netherlands over former Dutch New Guinea and between Egypt and Saudi Arabia over Yemen. In Viet Nam during the tumultuous Tet offensive of 1968, and later through all the growing pains of Viet Nam's fumbling efforts at democracy, Bunker did nothing...

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