The Tet Offensive

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NOTES
1.
For specifics on the San Antonio Formula see Thomas G. Paterson, J. Garry Clifford , and Kenneth J. Hagan, American Foreign Relations: A History since 1900, 2d edition ( Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath, 1983), pp. 562-563; George W. Ball, The Disciple of Power ( Boston: Little, Brown, 1968), p. 321; Clark M. Clifford, "A Viet Nam Reappraisal", Foreign Affairs, Vol. 47, No. 4 ( July 1969), p. 608.
2.
"Notes of the President's Tuesday Luncheon Mtg," February 6, 1968, Diary Backup Files, Box 89, LBJ Library.
3.
Tom Johnson meeting notes, January 30, 1968, in which these options were discussed. By February 9 Westmoreland had requested both the 82nd Airborne and the 69th Marine Division "to prevent the ARVN from falling apart" ( Wheeler's words) and to constitute an in-country strategic reserve to deal with further unexpected enemy thrusts. A day later, Johnson told his advisors, "I am afraid to move the 82nd because of the possibility of civil disturbances here in the US." February 10 mtg. notes, LBJ Library.
4.
Tom Johnson meeting notes, February 13, 1968, LBJ Library.
5.
Ibid.
7.
Tom Johnson meeting notes, February 20, 1968, LBJ Library.
8.
Clifford, Counsel to the President, pp. 483-485, 492-526, which replaces his near contemporary account, "A Viet Nam Reappraisal", Foreign Affairs, Vol. 47, No. 4 ( July 1969), pp. 601-622.
9.
Draft presidential memo, March 4, 1968, Clark Clifford Papers, Box 3, LBJ Library.
10.
Sharp Oral History, No. 10, June 6, 1970, pp. 590-592, summarizing message of March 3, 1968.
11.
Ibid.
12.
These expressions of opinion derive from a memo by Colonel Robert Ginsburgh , U.S. Air Force, for Walt Rostow, March 1, 1968, "Mining North Vietnamese Ports," NSF/CF/VN, Box 127, LBJ Library.
13.
ISA "Alternative Strategies in South Vietnam," draft memo to Secretary Clifford, March 1, 1968, Clark Clifford Papers, Box 3, LBJ Library.
14.
"The Campaign against North Vietnam: A Different View," TAB F-2 to draft ISA memo for Clifford, "Alternative Strategies in South Vietnam," March 1, 1968, Clark Clifford Papers, Box 3, LBJ Library.
15.
Tom Johnson meeting notes, March 4, 1968, LBJ Library.
16.
Tom Johnson meeting notes, March 6, 1968, LBJ Library.
17.
Arthur Schlesinger, Robert Kennedy and His Time ( New York: Ballantine, 1978), pp. 888-891, for this amazing episode.
18.
Tom Johnson meeting notes, March 19, 1968, LBJ Library.
19.
See Rusk remarks at Tuesday luncheon, March 19, 1968, Box 2, Tom Johnson meeting notes, LBJ Library.
20.
Clifford famous Foreign Affairs article previously cited and his more recent

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • Notes 15
  • 2 - The Tet Offensive 17
  • Notes 43
  • 3 - The Tet Offensive and Sino-Vietnamese Relations 45
  • Notes 59
  • 4 - The Nlf and the Tet Offensive 63
  • Notes 69
  • 5 - Giap and Tet Mau Than 1968: The Year of the Monkey 73
  • Notes 85
  • 6 - The Tet Offensive and Its Aftermath 89
  • Notes 119
  • 7 - My Recollections of the Tet Offensive 125
  • Notes 134
  • 8 - The Tet Offensive and Middletown: A Study in Contradiction 135
  • Notes 141
  • 9 - The Warning That Left Something to Chance: Intelligence at Tet 143
  • Notes 163
  • 10 - Don't Bother Me with the Facts; I've Made Up My Mind: The Tet Offensive in The Context of Intelligence and U.S. Strategy 167
  • Notes 179
  • 11 - Tet Beyond the Wire: TCK/TKN, the General Offensive/General Uprising 181
  • Notes 189
  • 12 - The Battle of Khe Sanh, 1968 191
  • Notes 210
  • 13 - President Johnson and the Decision To Curtail Rolling Thunder 215
  • Notes 228
  • 14 - The Myth of Tet: American Failure and The Politics of War 231
  • Notes 249
  • Selected Bibliography 259
  • Index 269
  • About the Authors and Editors 283
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