U.S. Ends Involvement in Vietnam. 1968 - 1975. The Tet Offensive Jan 31, 1968. Chinese New Year’s Truce is broken – surprise attack by NV in 100+ cities Military Win for South & US forces Political win for North – images of chaotic fighting ruins public image in US
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U.S. Ends Involvement in Vietnam
1968 - 1975
“In asking the American people to support the expansion of the Vietnam war to Cambodia, as he has already expanded it to Laos, [Nixon] asks them to believe the same false promises which have repeatedly betrayed them against their will into ever deeper involvement on the Mainland of Asia.
They are asked to seek peace by making war; to seek withdrawal of our troops by enlarging the arena of combat; to diminish American casualties by sending more young men to their death.”
-- Editorial Page from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 3, 1970
Oct 1972 Peace Agreement negotiated
Falls apart when Thieu refuses to sign
Nixon continues bombing N. Vietnam to push Hanoi into negotiations
January 1973 N.Viet returns to bargaining table
Same conditions are agreed upon but this time w/ US pressure Thieu signs
Why was this not negotiated in 1968 – the first time around?