Show simple item record Burkus, Brent A. 2016-12-14T16:52:55Z 2016-12-14T16:52:55Z 2003-12
dc.description Thesis (M.Lib.St..) -- Indiana University South Bend, 2003. en
dc.description.abstract The result of the war in Vietnam had been to significantly divide domestic public opinion like no other issue since the American Civil War (1861-1865). As a consequence of Nixon's resignation, Ford became the caretaker of Nixon's policy in Vietnam. However, less than nine months into Ford's administration, South Vietnam ceased to exist as a nation having been conquered by the North Vietnamese communists and the Viet Cong. In the wake of North Vietnam's military victory over the south, Ford called upon the United States to "... put an end to our self inflicted wounds" and end the trauma of the Vietnam experience. 3 What happened in such a short span of time that would have forced Ford to shift from wholehearted support of an American ally to complete disengagement and abandonment? This thesis will examine Ford's initial policy toward South Vietnam and how it changed by April 1975. Furthermore, since the cost of the war to the United States, in terms of lives lost and resources spent to defend South Vietnam was staggering, why would the United States just give up and walk away from South Vietnam? In order to effectively examine Ford's policy, my discussions will be divided into several sections. Chapter I will primarily focus on policies developed by Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger who were the authors of the strategy toward Vietnam that Gerald Ford ultimately inherited. Specifically, I will address Nixon's plan for turning over the war to the South Vietnamese, the Paris Peace Agreement, and Nixon's concern relative to South Vietnam in a post treaty environment. Chapter II addresses Ford's view of the war and his statements of support for an independent South Vietnam as a Congressman. This chapter will also concentrate on Ford's immediate actions of support for the South Vietnamese upon his assumption of power in August 1974. In addition, the fiscal pressures that Ford faced in his attempts to provide aid to South Vietnam will also be discussed. Chapter III examines the Administration's handling of Vietnam during the beginning of 1975 as pressure from the communists forced Ford to confront the issue of South Vietnam's survivability. This chapter deals with congressional skeptics coupled with the administration's attempts to formulate solutions to the supplemental aid requests that were critical to the survival of the Thieu regime. Finally, the last chapter focuses on the very end of our involvement that includes the Weyand Report and Ford's last appeal to Congress for more aid. The paper is designed to be a chronological summary of Ford's actions as president in order to assist South Vietnam and why he failed to live up to his early promises. en
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dc.subject Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006 en
dc.subject Vietnam War, 1961-1975 en
dc.subject United States--Foreign relations--Vietnam (Republic) en
dc.title "Let us put an end to our self inflicted wounds": Gerald Ford and America's departure from Vietnam en
dc.type Thesis en
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