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Robert Kennedy
In a Back Channel, Secret Communique During the Vietnam War, Senator Robert Kennedy Engages in Diplomacy With the Viet Cong to Free an American Prisoner He writes the President of Algeria, in powerful language, referring to President John F. Kennedy's fight in the "interest of peace for all the people of the world" He writes the President of Algeria, in powerful language, referring to President John F. Kennedy's fight in the "interest of peace for all the people of the world"
1965. Jun-65. This incredible unpublished letter comes from the estate of the Algerian Ambassador to the United States and has never before been offered for sale1965 marked an escalation in the War in Vietnam. On February 19, 1965, some units of the South Vietnamese Army launched a coup and were able to force a leadership change. In response to this, National Security Council Director McGeorge Bundy and Secretary of State Robert McNamara wrote a memo to President Johnson. They gave the President two options: use American military power to defeat the Viet Cong insurgency, or negotiate thus attempting to ""salvage what little can be preserved."" Bundy and McNamara favored the first option; Secretary of State Dean Rusk disagreed. Johnson accepted the military option and sent a telegram to U.S. Ambassador Maxwell Taylor in Saigon, saying “The U.S. will spare no effort and no sacrifice in doing its full part to turn back the Communists in Vietnam."" President Johnson had crossed the Rubicon.On February 2, 1965, just before the coup, the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, the official name of the group called Viet Cong in the U.S., kidnapped Gustav Hertz, Chief of Public Administration for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam. Hertz’s captivity set in motion an intricate series of diplomatic gestures that involved several governments, including those of Algeria, Cambodia, and France, and numerous prominent individuals, such as Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Cambodian leader Norodom Sihanouk, and Algerian President Ahmed Ben Bella, in an effor … [Click Below for Full Description]
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