VIET NAM: Executive Flight

Whatever reasons the U.S. may have had for entering Viet Nam, commercial exploitation was hardly among them. Although the American business community in Saigon has grown roughly 20% since the 1973 Paris accords, to about 230 members, the total U.S. investment in Nguyen Van Thieu's crumbling nation still amounts to a paltry $25 million—or about the cost of half a day of the war at its height. Skeptical of Thieu's ability to govern and frightened by the country's runaway inflation, U.S. multinational corporations have never been willing to risk large amounts of...

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