Presentation by Steve Young Global Executive Director, Caux Round Table
Introduction by Paul Stone Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Fifty years ago this month President Lyndon Johnson secretly turned
his back on a failed "hard power" military strategy recommended by
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara as the road to victory in Vietnam.
That strategy included search and destroy tactics and high altitude
Instead, President Johnson decided to withdraw American
combat forces from South Vietnam while simultaneously turning the war
over to the South Vietnamese. The transition would rest on mobilization
of the South Vietnamese people against the communists through elections
and a new counterinsurgency program called CORDS, which would defeat the
Viet Cong inside South Vietnam.
This history has never been revealed and requires a re-appraisal of
President Johnson's leadership in the defense of South Vietnam against
North Vietnamese aggression.
About the SpeakerSteve
Young served with CORDS in the Republic of Vietnam from 1968 through
1971. Later he assisted Ellsworth Bunker write memoirs of his
ambassadorship in Saigon during the Vietnam War. Hamilton Books is
publishing Steve's book on the history of CORDS.
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