Operation Vulture by John Prados reveals plans by President Eisenhower to use nuclear weapons at Dien Bien Phu to rescue the French garrison. An analyst of national security based in Washington DC, Prados is a senior fellow and Project Director with the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Prados heads the Archive’s documentation projects for Vietnam and CIA.
The US National Archive released multiple classified documents since the war. We now understand Eisenhower’s deep involvement. He ordered the US military into the First Indochina War in 1953.
Prados reveals startling details of Eisenhower’s desire to use nuclear weapons and his order to the US Air Force and Navy bringing a nuclear weapons attack upon the valley as the French garrison was being suffocated by the Viet Minh.
The details of those military actions moving men and arms throughout Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia along with the international political maneuvering by Allen Dulles in the early 1950s dispels any myth that America simply went to war in Vietnam under President Kennedy.
Prados stitches an enormous amount of Eisenhower’s actions regarding Vietnam beginning in 1953. Eisenhower acted on his view of the world that required a strong American confrontation in Asia to offset China.
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