April 12, 1961 : Rostow recommends escalation of effort

Introduction

Walt W. Rostow, senior White House specialist on Southeast Asia and a principal architect of U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine, delivers a memorandum to President John F. Kennedy asserting that the time has come for “gearing up the whole Vietnam operation.” Rostow’s proposals, almost all of which eventually became policy, included: a visit to Vietnam by the vice president; increasing the number of American Special Forces; increasing funds for South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem; and “persuading Diem to move more rapidly to broaden the base of his government, as well as to decrease its centralization and improve its efficiency.”

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April 12, 1961 : Rostow recommends escalation of effort

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    April 12, 1961 : Rostow recommends escalation of effort

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rostow-recommends-escalation-of-effort

  • Access Date

    November 20, 2017

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