No Exit

A. The Making of a Quagmire

            1. World War II Shenanigans

                        a. Ho, Giap, and the OSS
                        b. FDR's Trusteeship Proposal

                   2. French Reconquest and the Truman Doctrine

B. First Indochina War

C. Fear of Falling Dominoes

            1. Navarre Plan
                2. Dienbienphu
              3. Berlin Conference--February 1954
                4. United Action--March 1954
                5. Congressional Complicity--April 1954

D. Geneva Conference--May-July 1954

E. Sink or Swim with Ngo Dinh Diem

F. Bear Any Burden?

            1. Limited Partnership
              2. Mutual Distrust
              3. Buddhist Crisis--May 1963
              4. Assassination and Coup--November 1963



Bao Dai

European Defense Community

Domino Theory

Operation Vulture

Arthur Radford

Pierre Mendes-France



Edward Lansdale

Wars of National Liberation

Green Berets

Taylor-Rostow Mission

Strategic Hamlet Program


Agent Orange

Madame Nhu

George Ball

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.


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