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Title Interview with Roger Hilsman, 1981 / by Richard Ellison and Roger Hilsman.
Imprint Boston, Mass. : WGBH Boston Video, 1983.


 Internet  Streaming Video    AVAILABLE
Description 1 online resource (video file (41 min.)) : sound, color.
Series American history in video
Vietnam : a television history
American history in video.
Note Title from resource description page (viewed Nov. 5, 2012).
Available only to authorized UTEP users.
This edition in English.
Subject Hilsman, Roger -- Interviews.
Hilsman, Roger.
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
United States -- Foreign relations -- Vietnam -- 1961-1963.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1961-1963.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
United States.
Genre Interviews.
Nonfiction television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Summary Roger Hilsman worked in the Kennedy Administration, first as director of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and then as the Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs. He was criticized for drafting a cable on behalf of President Kennedy to the American Ambassador to South Vietnam instructing the Ambassador to give direct support to the opponents of President Ngo Dinh Diem. He describes the Kennedy White House as youthful and confident but shaken when Soviet Premier Khrushchev announced his support for insurgencies around the world. He says this announcement paved the way for the US counterinsurgency operations in Vietnam. Hilsman says he tried to convince Kennedy that the way to fight guerillas was with guerillas themselves. He also recounts Kennedy's distaste for sending American troops into Vietnam. He describes meeting with South Vietnamese leadership in the early 1960s, the mixed signals they received, and a lack of political support for their policies. He says Kennedy was desperate to get America out of Vietnam.
Other Author Ellison, Richard, producer Producer.
Hilsman, Roger, interviewee (expression), speaker. Interviewee. Speaker.