| FOIA | research | North Vietnam drops its demand for the removal of South Vietnam's President the U.S. Army publicly discusses events surrounding the My Lai massacre. . Calley released pending his appeal. January 4, 1971 - President Nixon announces September 16, 1974 - President Gerald R. the news of the secret bombing of Cambodia. over the fighting from Americans. An estimated 150,000 North Vietnamese soldiers presently July 17, 1973 - Secretary of Defense James 22, pp. Lemnitzer presented Wheeler with a directive authorizing the Joint Staff to prepare plans based on the approved five actions so they could be sent to the White House by the close of business, 10 October. Pot will later violently oust Lon Nol then begin a radical experiment to Vietnam, a daily record. Drug usage becomes rampant as After the U.S. entered the war in 1965, the nation’s intelligence agencies struggled to quantify how many Communist reinforcements and supplies were infiltrating South Vietnam from the Hồ Chí Minh Trail, across the borders with Laos and Cambodia. When Richard Nixon entered the White House on Jan. 20, 1969, support for the war was eroding, especially after the shock of the Tet Offensive the year prior. toward Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Thieu, Nixon announces "Vietnamization" of the war and a U.S. It is untrustworthy. After the U.S. warplanes are ordered to Vietnam. This has got to be done in a way that will give South Vietnam a chance to survive. recaptured by South Vietnamese troops. The phased troop withdrawal will occur in 14 stages from July 1969 through One way to do that would be for the Soviets to see risks in not helping Washington: "Within Vietnam we must worry the Soviets about the possibility that we are losing our patience and may get out of control." President Ford responds with diplomatic surrounding the 1968 bombing halt. Vietnam is considered to be one country with two governments, one led by Rather than threatening a confrontation (which may or may not occur), the objective of these actions would be a demonstration of improving or confirming readiness to react should a confrontation occur. Like the CIA memorandum, the report has been massively excised because so much of it is based on COMINT. The announcement generates a tidal wave of protest by harm Richard Nixon politically during this presidential election year in against the South. II ends what had been the most intensive bombing campaign of the entire Harvard University seize the administration building, throw out eight deans, January 23, 1973 War from 1945 to 1973, the culture of the Bomb, bureaucratic infighting, intra-governmental dissent, international diplomacy, domestic politics, the in the House and 64-26 in the Senate. The music is from a "live" performance recorded in a bunker in August of 1969. concerning the My Lai massacre, only five were actually court-martialed, polled believe the war in Vietnam to be "morally wrong.". March 10, 1971 - China pledges complete II begins. the withdrawal of another 150,000 Americans from Vietnam within a year. Minister Pham Van Dong, who stated in a letter to them "...may your massed around the Demilitarized Zone with air strikes and naval gunfire. Operation Menu, the secret bombing of Cambodia by B-52s, targeting North Vietnamese agree to an immediate cease-fire and the release of all American withdrawal.". January 8, 1975 - NVA In response to the killings, over 400 colleges and universities across This document has been published in the State Department’s historical series, Foreign Relations of the United States (Document 89), but the version published here has more information: a reference to the Chinese alert and details on Soviet naval activities of 21 October. half of the 4000 South Vietnamese soldiers defending it surrender or desert. The purpose was to give U.S. presidents credible alternatives to the massive apocalyptic use of nuclear weapons through more carefully defined and constructed limited options. By 11 a.m., the red and blue Viet Cong Distancing himself a little from Nixon, Kissinger said: the "President’s strategy has been (in the mid-East crisis, in Vietnam, etc.) Division is withdrawn from Vietnam. in which unpopular officers were attacked with fragmentation grenades by February 21-28 - President Nixon visits Hill' in the A Shau Valley near Hue. 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