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On January 30, 1968, the Tet Offensive changed the course of the Vietnam War. This event challenged basic assumptions of American progress in the war and prompted a large scale review of Vietnam policy. Clark Clifford, the newly appointed Secretary of Defense in 1968, was a critical participant in this re-evaluation. Through the deliberations of the Clifford Task Force, Clifford concluded that a military victory in Vietnam was not possible within the limited nature and objectives of the war. As he grew increasingly disillusioned with what he saw as a fundamentally flawed policy in Vietnam, Clifford became a leading advocate for a change in U.S. policy that shifted away from seeking a military victory and toward achieving a negotiated settlement. His continued advocacy for a change in policy tempered hardline policy makers within the Johnson administration and turned the direction of the American effort in Southeast Asia from escalation and military victory to de-escalation and negotiation.
Mặt trận dân tộc giải phóng miền nam Việt Nam -- National Liberation Front of South Viet Nam -- Viet Cong, Vietnam (Democratic Republic) -- Quân đội -- North Vietnamese Army -- People’s Army of Vietnam, Tet Offensive (1968), United States Department of Defense, Clark M. Clifford (1906-1998), John Acacia -- Clark Clifford: The Wise Man of Washington, Walt Whitman Rostow (1916-2003), Vietnam War (1961-1975) -- Political aspects, Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) -- Administration, Vietnam (Democratic Republic), Vietnam (Republic), War--Vietnam -- Foreign policy, Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) --Military leadership -- Pro-war establishment, Military administration--United States, Communism--Southeast Asia, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2012 -- History Department
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