In this episode we are going to look at the early history of the Vietnam War. It goes all the way back to the President Kennedy days. In an article from the New York Post by Larry Getlen titled: Secret tapes reveal JFK’s duplicity in Cold War, civil rights Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Patrick Sloyan tells about his new book “The Politics of Deception.”
Sloyan talks about several of the challenges faced by President Kennedy and how he dealt with each of them including the Vietnam question. According to the author there was a great deal of subterfuge going on with US machinations designed to get rid of the leader of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963. Sloyan maintains the disposal of President Diem was similar to a “gangland murder,” a “hit” orchestrated by Henry Cabot Lodge the US ambassador to South Vietnam and it caused the US to become bogged down in a war in Southeast Asia. Listen to the episode and decide for yourself.