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02/28/2006

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Floyd Low

A little paper I did recently on the startup of Vietnam pre 1965 is at my URL LINK

A few points

Few thought Containment was in order after 1967

Many said stay out - including the big guns of the Kennedy administration - including Lyndon Johnson while VP

Kennedy was trying for an awe rather than a shock to the North

Eisenhower set it in play

The client state was talking out of both sides of its mouth at the same time.

But before you try and read in too much parallel to Vietnam and Iraq see this link by Jeffrey Record

Key point - set an achievable goal and move up as they are met. Show the customer the soft hand vs the hard fist.

www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/ pdffiles/PUB377.pdf

Most of all Fear Not!

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