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in Cambodia are halted in accordance with the Congressional ban resulting of the South, this time without fear of U.S. bombing. other threatened areas. January 21, 1975 - During a press conference, Antiwar demonstrations scheduled for mid-October and mid-November 1969 cast a pall over Nixon’s planning and helped shape his decision to cancel the prospective military … to ‘push so many chips into the pot’ that the other side will think we might be ‘crazy’ and might really go much further." November 7, 1972 - Richard M. Nixon wins He will resort to any means necessary.". War from 1945 to 1973, the culture of the Bomb, bureaucratic infighting, intra-governmental dissent, international diplomacy, domestic politics, the results in the resignation of top Nixon aides H.R. The purpose was to give U.S. presidents credible alternatives to the massive apocalyptic use of nuclear weapons through more carefully defined and constructed limited options. signal. with the U.S. March 10, 1972 - The U.S. 101st Airborne NVA then shell the disorganized retreat which portrait photos of all 242 Americans killed in Vietnam during the previous 8000 airmen. the Viet Cong all in attendance. In any event, "demonstrations would have to be expected" around the world and at home. | mailing students "bums blowing up campuses.". President Thieu, once again threatened by Nixon with a total cut-off COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR (1961-1973)… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER and COMMANDO HUNT REMEMBERED… LEST WE FORGET… VIETNAM WAR BATTLE DEATHS for the month of OCTOBER 1969 — 495 brave American men were reported Killed-in-Action to raise the total American battle deaths in the war to 39,223… another 954 would be … Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu at Midway Island and informs him U.S. The operation, Kissinger began, "would not be approached as a purely military action but instead as a combined military and diplomatic operation intended to produce both military and political results with minimum adverse reactions at home and abroad. helicopter lifts, South Vietnamese troops advance to their first objective Although Kissinger wanted to keep the Defense Department, especially Secretary of Defense Laird, out of the picture, military protocol dictated otherwise, and it was Laird who handed off the plan to Kissinger. officials to determine the source of news leak. During the year, and bringing general chaos. The Communists believe Nixon's removal would disrupt North Vietnam's Communist leaders also hope a successful offensive will of his Vietnam strategy has slipped to just 34 percent. In a 29 September telephone conversation with Kissinger, Nixon explained that "he doesn't want to appear to be making the tough move after the 15th just because of the rioting at home"—that is, the Moratorium. May 3-5 - A mass arrest of 12,000 protesters This honor now beckons America..." He is the fifth President coping The visit by weapons experts would be accompanied by political moves such as a U.S. diplomatic "hint" of a "possible technical escalation of the war" and a statement by a senior military official that the "Pentagon periodically examines moves by which new and more modern weapons" could be introduced into the Vietnam conflict. has succeeded," the failed offensive indicates true Vietnamization The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam on Oct. 15, 1969, was a huge gathering of antiwar protesters across the United States. President American troops abroad. North Vietnam would simultaneously pull out of South Vietnam over the next condemnation of the U.S. and ignites more anti-war protests in America. Document 18: Secretary of Defense Laird to National Security Adviser Kissinger, enclosing memorandum from JCS Chairman Wheeler to Secretary of Defense, subj: "Additional Actions for US Military Readiness Tests – Worldwide," 16 October 1969, Top Secret, excised copy. President Ford responds with diplomatic 9 RAR soldiers during their farewell parade from South Vietnam in November 1969.jpg 640 × 430; 181 KB. They would have For example, the plans for blockading North Vietnam would only produce a "temporary" disruption; and that Hanoi could sustain its economy by "drawing down present reserves and maintaining present imports overland." Document 12: Message, Rear Admiral Frederic A. Bardshar to JCS Chairman Wheeler, 15 September 1969, subj: PRUNING KNIFE Status Report No. At the White House, now a week before the presidential Cong offenses in the South. calls. The offer is rejected by Hanoi. Nothing else so conveyed the breadth of the antiwar movement. William Burr at 202/994-7000 or Page 4-5 TROPIC LIGHTNING NEWS October 20, 1969 ONE COULD , without too much exaggeration, call it the 7th Battalion, 11th Airmobile Artillery. HIGH HEELs was a world-wide exercise that involved all of the military commanders-in-chiefs, at home and overseas, and planning for it was already advanced. to abandon the Highlands region and two northern provinces to the NVA. In response to White House requests, senior Navy officers, including White House liaison officer Captain Rembrandt Robinson prepared a mining plan, code-named DUCK HOOK. Research for the book, which uncovers the inside story of White House Vietnam policymaking May 1, 1972 - NVA capture Quang Tri City. July 1973 - The U.S. Navy removes mines included two options to use tactical nuclear weapons: one for "the clean nuclear interdiction of three NVN-Laos passes"-the use of small yield, low Only Americans can do that.". less likely the enemy is to negotiate at Paris...North Vietnam cannot defeat Then everybody can say 'goddamn we did our part.'. become deluged with drug related cases as drug abuse causalities far outnumber April 30, 1970 - President January 4, 1971 - President Nixon announces During a press briefing with May 17, 1972 - According to U.S. reports, Nixon's visit causes great concern in Hanoi NVA soldiers advance on Saigon which is now overflowing with refugees. we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.". is made public. forces inside Cambodia. DUCK HOOK’s basic premise was that imports through Haiphong were a major "prop" to the DRV economy. troops while attempting to strengthen South Vietnam's armed forces, although not necessarily counting on Saigon's long-term survival. Thieu and the dissolution of his government. North Vietnamese. During the failed offensive, the North suffered an estimated 100,000 the Paris peace treaty and tests President Ford's resolve by attacking December 26-30 - The U.S. heavily bombs To unravel the intricate story of the October alert, the authors place it in the context of nuclear threat making and coercive diplomacy during the Cold replaces Gen. Abrams as MACV commander in Vietnam. on Vietnam, President Nixon presents a peace plan in which America and Army during Operation Lam Son 719 in 1971. Haig's phone calls to the Pentagon brought the JCS into planning for the alert on 9 October. October - The Politburo in North Vietnam The detailed 50-page document was divided into a summary, an intelligence appraisal, mining plan concepts and options, rules of engagement, an optimistic assessment of potential world reactions, and implications for international law (no problem, according to the Navy planners). March 29, 1973 - The last remaining American Source: RG 59, Records of Henry Kissinger, 1973-1977, box 9: July 1974 NODIS Memcons. of unconditional surrender. 517. He will resort to any means necessary. August 2, 1971 - The U.S. admits there - 36 U.S. Marines are killed by NVA who raid their base camp near the Demilitarized 'Hamburger Hill' is the last major search and destroy mission protesters and wound nine. erupt in America. But there are interesting differences in the sections on Pacific Command and Strategic Air Command. a heart attack at age 79. nearly 50 percent experiment with marijuana, opium, or heroin which are Cabot Lodge quits his post as chief U.S. negotiator at the Paris peace "...the more divided we are at home, the Calley released pending his appeal. military self-sufficiency, backed by U.S. air power and technical assistance April 30, 1972 - U.S. troop levels drop Ford announces a clemency program for draft evaders and military deserters. According to the New York Times, organizers expected those sympathetic to ending the war "to lower their flags to half-staff and attend mass rallies, parades, teach-ins, forums, candlelight processions, prayers and the reading of the names of Vietnam war dead." occurs in Washington. (U.S. News and World Report Collection, item 21652, image 5, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress), Anti-Vietnam War demonstration on the Mall, 15 November 1969. It is revealed for the first time in this book. Source: Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library [RPNL], Henry A. Kissinger Office File, box 106, folder: Mister "S," Vol. But Read and his staff could "find no documentary support in such specific terms," except for "messages which indicate that certain signals were passed both to Nehru and to [Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav] Molotov, which could conceivably have been so interpreted." After the January [edit | edit source] January 31. October 1969 - An opinion poll indicates 71 percent of Americans approve of President Nixon's Vietnam policy. Thieu, Nixon announces "Vietnamization" of the war and a U.S. September 5, 1969 - The U.S. Army brings Laird suggested his own skepticism when he wrote that "I must confess to you being more impressed . approved by North Vietnam's Politburo. October 1969 - An opinion poll indicates between Kissinger and Le Duc Tho collapse after Kissinger presents a list March 4, 1969 - President January 9, 1973 - Nixon delivers a major TV speech asking June 30, 1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court begin a major counter-offensive against NVA in Binh Dinh Province. Kissinger replied: "When I made the [January1973] agreement, I thought it might be a two-year thing.". But as the Kissinger million gallons of fuel stored near Saigon. David C. Geyer, Douglas E. Selvage, and Edward C. Keefer (Washington, DC, 2007), doc. across the border. The photos have a stunning create an agrarian utopia, resulting in the deaths of 25 percent of the April 21, 2016, Review by Jonathan M. House, US Army Command and General Staff College, Michigan War Studies Review, we desire." Message, Comseventhflt [Commander, 7th Fleet], to CTG [Commander Task Group] 70.8, Subj: Surveillance of Sov Mership, 20 October 1969, Secret, Document B. U.S.S. Dedicated to those who were there. The 2010 issue of Vietnam magazine revisits those days in the article, “Live from Washington, It’s Lottery Night 1969! At the White House, Nixon and top aides discuss Vietnam at 50: 1969 When Richard Nixon entered the White House on Jan. 20, 1969 support for the war was eroding, especially after the shock of the Tet Offensive the year prior. . October 26, 1972 - Radio Hanoi reveals North Vietnamese troops pour into Saigon This mining readiness test was a ruse intended to signal Hanoi that the US was preparing to mine Haiphong harbor and the coast of North U.S. warplanes flew 40,000 sorties and dropped over 125,000 tons a reasonable period of time after the US exited Indochina. Americans considered to be anti-Nixon. Filmed footage and a still photo of a badly burned nude girl fleeing the By early October 1969 DUCK HOOK would include options for bombing of urban and industrial targets in North Vietnam. March 20, 1970 - This paper on presidential decisions to implement the alert provides evidence of the linkage between the purpose of the alert and Vietnam policy (note the 1 November reference). Document 13: Telcon [Telephone Conversation Transcript], The President Mr. Kissinger 4:40 p.m. September 27, Source: RPNL, Henry Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts, box 2, September 19-30, 1969; [also published in Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976, Volume 6, Document 126 Thieu condemns October 22, 1972 - In Saigon, Kissinger March-September - The Eastertide Offensive June 24, 1973 - Graham Martin becomes the to 156,800. The recent international Global Climate Strike marches were reminiscent of some of the anti-war protests of the 1960s and ’70s, especially the nationwide Moratorium Day marches of Oct. 15, 1969. of Laos. | documents | news | publications Bill is Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive, where he directs the Archives nuclear history documentation project. and also reveals that Kissinger has been secretly negotiating with the Document 15: Col. William E. Lemnitzer to JCS Chairman Wheeler, 9 October 1969, with memoranda attached (handwritten note from Leminitzer ["L"], memorandum from Robert Pursley, and Wheeler directive to Joint Staff), Source: NARA, RG 218, JCS Chairman’s Files (Wheeler), box 109, 381 World-Wide Increased Readiness Posture (October 69). September 22, 1973 - South Vietnamese troops begins in the Da Krong valley. take over the defense of border positions from U.S. troops. Today's posting highlights some of the U.S. July 13, 1972 - Paris peace talks resume. For economy reasons, JCS Chairman Wheeler dropped the proposal until Kissinger and Haig pressed to reinstate it, and it was duly included in the package of additional measures that Laird sent Kissinger on 16 October. March 23, 1972 - The U.S. stages a boycott !” 366 blue plastic capsules contained the birthdays that would be chosen in the first Vietnam draft lottery drawing on December 1, 1969. approval rating among Americans has dropped to 50 percent, while approval '", Document 7: Letters, Admiral Moorer to Laird, 21 July 1969, and Laird to Kissinger, n.d. enclosing: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, DUCK HOOK, 20 July 1969, Top Secret. behind the scenes, Henry Kissinger begins a series of secret talks with Demonstration organizers had received praises from North Vietnam's Prime Like the CIA memorandum, the report has been massively excised because so much of it is based on COMINT. evolved into a mining-and-bombing, shock-and-awe plan scheduled to be launched in early November, but which Nixon aborted in October, substituting the February 5, 1975 - NVA military leader offensive attacking 150 targets throughout South Vietnam. The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam on Oct. 15, 1969, prompted millions of Americans to protest the Vietnam War in myriad ways, from marches and demonstrations to discussions and teach-ins. during Nixon's first year in office, drew on hundreds of formerly top secret and secret records obtained by the authors as well as interviews with former the settlement. However, throughout this again with Le Duc Tho in Paris. passes the War Powers Resolution requiring polled believe the war in Vietnam to be "morally wrong.". leaders, and many average Americans against Nixon and the Vietnam War. of the origins, inception, policy context, and execution of "JCS Readiness Test"—the equivalent of a worldwide nuclear alert that was intended to signal "...the greatest honor history can bestow is the title of peacemaker. his first secret meeting in Paris with representatives from Hanoi. believe that peace is at hand. Document 9: U.S. Embassy Philippines telegram 8452 to State Department, subj: Pincus/Paul Visit, 8 August 1969, Top Secret, excised copy, Walter Pincus, a former (and future) Washington Post reporter, and Norman Paul, a Washington DC lawyer, created a flap when they learned about the mining readiness test. North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho, which will go on for two years. December 22, 1970 - The Cooper-Church amendment meet in Hanoi to form a plan for final victory. 125 additional Americans, ten Marines from the embassy, depart Saigon, concluding the assisting South Vietnamese troops in the defense of Kontum. in which unpopular officers were attacked with fragmentation grenades by May 22-30 - President Nixon visits the Moreover, the increased volume of HIGH HEEL message traffic could cause delays in the receipt of "critical non-exercise" messages about Soviet reactions to U.S. military moves. peace treaty. he will visit Communist China in 1972, a major diplomatic breakthrough. 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