Nobody is perfect and that by definition includes the leaders of this country during the “Vietnam Days” from the early 1960’s through 1975. A new book by Dr. Geoffrey Shaw titled: The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam sheds light on, in my opinion, one of the biggest bonehead mistakes committed by the US in that sorry period of our history. That was the assassination of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem on November 2, 1963 just twenty days before President John F. Kennedy was himself assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Irony pervades this story. Both presidents were Catholics, President Diem a devout Catholic and President Kennedy a Catholic. President Kennedy allowed the cabal of Stated Department Officials and Vietnamese generals to go forward which resulted in the assassination of the Vietnamese president only to be assassinated himself twenty days later.
Some striped pants members of the Department of State did not approve of President Diem’s vision for the future of his country despite the fact he was a strong anti-communist and the best hope for his country to weather the challenges faced by his country.
In this episode an interview of Dr. Shaw by Kevin Schmiesing for the Catholic World Report titled: When the U.S. Abandoned a Catholic President is featured. Dr. Shaw tells about his findings of gross misrepresentations by the State Department as to exactly how the assassination of the Vietnamese president came about. He was depressed that the false myths have been so ingrained in the American mind and academia that it will take much work to get the truth out in the open.
It is important to know the truth about Vietnam because over 58,000 gave their lives in that war. It appears there could have been a very different outcome with much less loss of life and capital had we been more sagacious in our execution of that dangerous situation.