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1978 booklet on the USA in Vietnam.

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The decision not to send troops appears to have been taken in part as a result of reports on the extreme administrative weakness and unpopularity of the Diem regime conveyed to the White House by State Department personnel who had accompanied Taylor to Vietnam. S. ambassador to India, whom Kennedy had asked to make a brief visit to Saigon. There also was fear of complicating the delicate negotiations over the future of Laos which had begun in Geneva. The president did approve a substantial increase in the number of American advisers, who were now allowed to THE ROOTS OF INVOLVEMENT 21 participate in combat missions, as well as the dispatch of two helicopter companies with their crews.

Thomas E. Morgan were discussed and approved by the Senate Foreign Relations and the House Armed Services committees on 6 August. On the following day, 7 August 1964, the resolution was approved by a unanimous House and in the Senate by a vote of 88 to 2. "104 This important statement of policy, it has been argued by many writers, was rushed through the Congress without the latter having a real chance to understand the implications of this grant of power to the president. There is little justification for this complaint.

As to drive the inhabitants into the safety of the strategic hamlets. 77 Actually, as was to be expected, these measures of coercion further alienated the population. The strategic hamlet program, like its predecessor the agroville idea in 1959, thus drove a wedge not between the insurgents and the peasants, but between the rural population and the government. The final result was less rather than more security in the countryside. Senator Mansfield, who was back in Vietnam at the end of 1962 for the first time since 1955, upon his return expressed his deep concern over the trend of events.

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