Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Vietnam War (contd-12)
South Vietnam was inundated with manufactured goods. The American build up transformed the economy and had a profound impact on South Vietnamese society. A huge surge in corruption was witnessed.
Washington encouraged its CEATO allies to contribute troops. Australia, Newzealand, the Republic of Korea, Thailand, and the Philipines all agreed to send troops.Major allies, however, notably NATO nations Canada, UK declined Washington's troop requests. The US and its allies mounted complex operations , such as operations Masher, Attleboro, Cedar Falls, and Junction City. However, the Communist insurgents remained elusive and demonstrated great tactical flexibility.
Meanwhile the political situation in South Vietnam began to stabilize with the coming to power of Prime Minister Air marshal Nguyen Cao Ky and figurehead chief of state General Nguyen Van Thieu, in mid 1965at the head of a military Junta. This ended a series of coups which happened more than a year. In 1967, Thieu became President with Ky as his deputy, after rigged elections.Thieu remained President until 1975, having won a single man election in 1971.
The Johnson administration employed a "policy of minimum candor".