A Plan of Investigation (2 Marks)To what extent did the US government contribute to the assassination and military coup of Diem in Vietnam in the year 1963?
By 1963, President Kennedy and his military advisers had dedicated vast amounts of funds and resources to the Vietnam conflict. By August, they believed that President Diem wasmisusing these resources; plans to spark a military coup ensued. Many blame this period of American interference for the assassination of President Diem. The aim of this investigation is to justify or derail these allegations by measuring the cause and effects of the coup. Theinvestigation will cover the plans made by the American government, the correlation betweenthese plans and the actions in Vietnam, and the brief period after the assassination. An analysisof these sections will indicate that although the US indirectly contributed to the end of theregime, it was a failure to communicate cohesively that brought about the regime's end. Most of the research will be from secondary sources, both electronic and print, and from theautobiography of Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense in 1963.
BSummary of Evidence (5 Marks)
1.United States' plan for reconstructing Diem's RegimeAt the beginning of the Vietnam War, the United States and South Vietnam relied heavily onabundant communication between the United States' Defense Department and President Diem.However, by late August, President Diem's new domestic policies made it difficult for the UnitedStates to maintain a close alliance (Vietnam Passage). Thus, the leading military advisers, alongwith President Kennedy, began brainstorming ways to deal with these problems (CNN ColdWar).