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"Very subtly in the late winter and into the early spring of 1964 a change began to take place within the government and the bureaucracy. It was something which was not announced, but Vietnam gradually became a more sensitive, more delicate, and more dangerous subject."
Aug 12, 2011 03:16PM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 570 of 688
Maxwell Taylor "had, by fighting to limit the troop escalation step by step, helped them to slide into it. The gap from each step to the next step always seemed relatively small, each step that had been exacted while he held back had simply made the next step a little easier, never too great."
Aug 15, 2011 04:39PM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 412 of 688
Don't talk to me about being a democracy. "Because of the secrecy and the covert nature of the operation, because of Administration lies, both the Congress and the public were seriously misled. That was the central issue, not whether or not there was a second Tonkin episode."
Aug 13, 2011 09:10AM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 281 of 688
The Americans in Vietnam, long frustrated by the ineptitude of their ARVN counterparts, and by the fact that ineptitude guaranteed career advancement, had come up with a slogan to describe the ARVN promotion system: "Fuck up and move up." They did not realize that by now the slogan applied to their own Army as well.
Jul 27, 2011 02:08PM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 200 of 688
"...the real question now was the war, whether it was being won. And the answer was yes, it was being won, it was going very well, all the indices were very good. General Harkins was optimistic; he headed what was now a powerful institutional force for optimism. He had been told by his superior, Maxwell Taylor, to be optimistic, to downgrade pessimism, and he would do exactly that."
Jul 22, 2011 05:14PM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 166 of 688
"You could start with a small commitment; it was always easy to increase it. It was a case of an institution automatically wanting to expand and to feed itself. All institutions do their thing; in the case of the military and generals, wanting troops is their thing."
Jul 21, 2011 10:55AM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 61 of 688
They didn't wanna do it! "Force was justified by what the Communists did; the times justified the kind of acts which decent men did not seek, but which the historic responsibilities made necessary."
Jul 18, 2011 12:39PM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 25 of 688
1960 was 51 years ago. Who here remembers the Kennedy-Nixon era? Is this book nostalgia for me or still trying to understand the politics of the 60s and 70s?
Jul 17, 2011 11:20AM
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Larry Bassett
Larry Bassett is on page 12 of 688
Small type makes reading a challenge. And what am I doing reading another 650 page book?
Jul 17, 2011 09:04AM
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