scott s. Wrote:
Feb 13, 2013 4:15 PM
The French of course lost at Dien Bien Phu and Eisenhower would not provide assistance, rather accepting the Geneva Accords with a minor role for US "advisers". Kennedy made the decision to exceed the allowed number of advisers and then to assist in the coup against Diem. With Diem gone US was in the position of "you break it you own it" and the build up of MACV proceeded quickly. Johnson largely accepted the views of Kennedy's foreign policy team.