[Marxism] Westmoreland Considered Nuclear Response in Vietnam War, Cables Show

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 6 15:39:21 MDT 2018


WASHINGTON — In one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War, the top
American military commander in Saigon activated a plan in 1968 to move
nuclear weapons to South Vietnam until he was overruled by President Lyndon
B. Johnson, according to recently declassified documents cited in a new
history of wartime presidential decisions.

The documents reveal a long-secret set of preparations by the commander, Gen.
William C. Westmoreland
<https://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/19/nyregion/general-westmoreland-dies-led-us-in-vietnam.html?module=inline>,
to have nuclear weapons at hand should American forces find themselves on
the brink of defeat at Khe Sanh, one of the fiercest battles of the war.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/world/asia/vietnam-war-nuclear-weapons.html



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