South Viet Nam: What the People Say

Some observers on the spot have gloomily concluded that the war to save strategic South Viet Nam from the Communist Viet Cong guerrillas cannot be won under President Ngo Dinh Diem, despite his promises to reform his rigid, often corrupt regime. The critics have no alternatives to offer, and the U.S. is still backing Diem full force, but there is a growing discussion of the case against him.

So far the U.S. has given Diem $2 billion in economic and military aid. Since last fall, the buildup has included 56 large helicopters. The U.S. now has 3,600 men in South Viet...

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