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Government Lies From Vietnam

For nearly a decade, the civil conflict in Vietnam was merely a footnote to the evening news in the United States. But with the first reports of an “unprovoked attack” on the U.S. destroyer Maddox by the North Vietnamese in the summer of 1964, Americans were faced with a whole new vernacu ....

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.... agencies of the democratic countries suffer from the grave disadvantage that in attempting to damage the adversary they must also deceive their own public.” Shortly before sending General Paul D. Harkins off to Vietnam, President Kennedy meet with him at the White House. In addition to being a general, Harkins was also the head of the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG). In this meeting, Kennedy gave explicit instructions that he wanted to be fully informed on every aspect of the war. This included both the good news and the bad news. As Commander-in-Chief ....

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