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The War after the WarThe Struggle for Credibility during America's Exit from Vietnam$
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Johannes Kadura

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453960

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453960.001.0001

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Ford and the Fall of Saigon

Ford and the Fall of Saigon

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The War after the War

Johannes Kadura

Cornell University Press

This chapter tells of how the newly appointed U.S. president, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., managed the escalating conflict between North and South Vietnam. Ford and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger continued to implement the insurance policy—belittling Indochina's continuing significance for U.S. foreign policy toward Asia. In particular, Ford portrayed Vietnam as an irritant to more important foreign policy initiatives. For example, the president told the Japanese prime minister, Kakuei Tanaka, “Some in America became sour on the role of the U.S. in Asia due to Vietnam. Now that that is settled, we are free to broaden and concentrate on a wider area.” The remainder of the chapter recounts how Ford and Kissinger blamed the Congress for the defeat of Saigon by North Vietnam.

Keywords:   Gerald Rudolph Ford, Henry Kissinger, foreign policy, Kakuei Tanaka, Indochina

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