Vietnam and U.S. Presidents

"You have a row of dominoes set up;
you knock over the first one,
and what will happen to the last one
is that it will go over very quickly."
--Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954

Ad Hoc Task Force on Vietnam
President Johnson assembled the Ad Hoc Task Force on Vietnam in 1968 to evaluate Westmoreland's request for more troops.

The Best and the Brightest
by David Halberstam
This 1973 classic is an unforgettable chronicle of John Kennedy's Camelot and its legacy -- featuring remarkable portraits of the men who conceived and executed the Vietnam War, including Robert McNamara, McGeorge Bundy, Dean Rusk, and Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Press Conference, April 7, 1954
The Row of Dominoes explanation.

Eisenhower's Letter of Support to Ngo Dinh Diem
October 23, 1954.

President Ford's Speech on the Fall of Vietnam, 24 April 1975
Excerpts from the text of a speech by President Ford as prepared for delivery to the student body of Tulane University.

Johns Hopkins Speech
President Lyndon B. Johnson offered to hold "unconditional discussions" with the North Vietnamese about ending the war.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's Address at Johns Hopkins University:
"Peace Without Conquest" April 7, 1965

President Johnson on U.S. Aims in Vietnam

President Kennedy's News Conference, February 7, 1962
Response to a question on American involvement in South Vietnam.

Military-Industrial Complex Speech
by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Letter from President Nixon
to President Nguyen Van Thieu
of the Republic of Vietnam
January 5, 1973

Released April 30, 1975.

Richard Milhous Nixon's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 1969

President Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech

San Antonio Formula
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech in which he offered to cease the bombing of North Vietnam.

Shanghai Communique of 1972
Issued by President Richard Nixon during his diplomatic mission to the People's Republic of China.

Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
by Michael Beschloss
These secretly recorded conversations between President Lyndon Johnson and members of his family, his staff, and the troubled nation he was governing constitute one of the most exciting audio programs of the decade, invaluable to anyone who is interested in history, politics, or the workings of human nature.

President Nixon's plan to encourage the South Vietnamese to take more responsibility for fighting the war.