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I’m getting tired of all this. No more of this coup shit! Lyndon B. Johnson
Whoever has the Americans as allies does not need any enemies Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu
In Asia, the 2 Vietnams will be united under a Communist regime, as will North and South Korea. Emmet John Hughes
Within a week he reversed himself and told me to get President Thieu to go to the Paris Peace Talks. How could he do that to a friend? Anna Chan Chennault
If free elections were held today, all agree privately Communists would win...Future depends on organizing all resources to resettle refugees, sustain now bankrupt government... Leo M. Cherne
They preached equality in everything. And faithful to their doctrine, these forerunners of modern socialism robbed Mandarins and the rich of their property, which they distributed to the poor. The villages laboring under exorbitant tribute [taxes] were willing to swear allegiance. Jean Chesneaux
Government functions best through many close relationships at the top. Ngo Dinh Diem
Ever since 1954, when the United States did not sign the Geneva accords but instead started down the road of unilateral military action in South Vietnam, we have become a provocateur of military conflict in Southeast Asia and marched in the opposite direction from fulfilling our obligations under the United Nations Charter. Wayne L. Morse
I think this is the greatest mistake this country ever made and could not be more opposed to it ... but if he [Eisenhower] does it I will never raise my voice. Thurston Ballard Morton
When the United States bombs South Vietnam, it is defending South Vietnam. Noam Chomsky
We saw Vietnam disintegrating before our eyes—at least the structure of the state disintegrating. Robert McNamara
While the war is by no means over, my Soviet or Chinese counterpart's report must exhibit great concern over the Viet Cong's mounting problems and the steady improvement in the ability of both the South Vietnamese and the Americans to fight a people's war. William Colby
South Vietnam is now undergoing an acute crisis of confidence. The United States must demonstrate by deeds—not merely words—the American commitment seriously to help save Vietnam. To be persuasive, this commitment must include the sending to Vietnam of some U. S. military forces. Maxwell D. Taylor
I don't recall anyone who was strongly against except one man, and that was the President [JFK]. The President just didn't want to be convinced that this was the right thing to do.... It was really the President's personal conviction that U.S. ground troops shouldn't go in. Maxwell D. Taylor
We must bear a good deal of responsibility for it. The way he was killed make it particularly abhorrent…. I should not have given my consent to it. John F. Kennedy
I was part and parcel of the whole conspiracy. Lucien Conein
If South Vietnam falls to the Communists, Laos and Cambodia would certainly go, followed by Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and eventually the Philippines John A. McCone
The United States will stand by South Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem until we win. Robert Kennedy
There’s really no doubt this was a step beyond the normal political jockeying, to interfere in an active peace negotiation given the stakes with all the lives. Potentially, this is worse than anything he did in Watergate. John Aloysius Farrell
I have a mesage from my boss: [Richard Nixon] ... to give personally to you, Hold on, we are going to win.... Please tell your boss to hold on [not attend the propsoed Paris Peace Talks] Anna Chan Chennault
I know. Everett Dirksen
We don't have a prayer of staying in Vietnam. But I can't give up a piece of territory as big as South Vietnam and still have the people re-elect me. John F. Kennedy