By Peter Edwards
The Vietnam battle used to be Australia's longest and so much arguable army dedication of the 20 th century, finishing in humiliation for the us and its allies with the downfall of South Vietnam. The conflict provoked deep divisions in Australian society and politics, quite because for the 1st time younger males have been conscripted for in another country provider in a hugely contentious poll procedure. The Vietnam period continues to be pointed out with diplomatic, army and political failure. used to be Vietnam a case of Australia scuffling with 'other people's wars'? have been we actually 'all the way' with the us? How legitimate was once the 'domino theory'? Did the Australian forces strengthen new tactical tools in past Southeast Asian conflicts, and simply how winning have been they opposed to the unyielding enemy in Vietnam? during this landmark publication, award-winning historian Peter Edwards skilfully unravels the complexities of the worldwide chilly battle, decolonisation in Southeast Asia and Australian household politics to supply new, frequently dazzling, solutions to those questions.
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Once, in June 1958, sitting in a meeting between Dulles and President Carlos Garcia of the Philippines,13 my mind wandered a moment while listening to issues with which I was unfamiliar. Suddenly Dulles looked around for a factotum, saw me, and beckoned me to him. He handed me a press statement, directed me to take it to Lincoln White, the department’s press spokesperson, for issuance at his daily noon press briefing, and waved me away. Hoping I had heard him aright in my daydreaming, I did his bidding.
Summitry and Presidential Travel By the time we returned to Washington in mid-1957, the second Eisenhower term was well under way. Dulles felt by then that the State Department was his and no longer a leftover of twenty years of Democratic stewardship. The Executive Secretariat, to which I had been assigned, was in a real sense the heartbeat of the State Department. Some, less charitably inclined, called it—and probably still do—the bureaucracy’s bureaucracy. Its primary functions were to keep the secretary of state and his principal deputies up to date on latest developments, to review all staff paper going to them for information or decision, and to ensure that decisions taken by the secretary and his deputies were acted on and implemented.
Delegations to a wide variety of international conferences, I began to look around for greener pastures. S. foreign policy—an “entangling alliance” in peacetime. I leapt at the chance! TW O From NATO to the Congo I to convey today the intense atmosphere of participation in and commitment to history in the making that radiated at the time from the Office of European Regional Affairs. The North Atlantic Treaty had been signed less than three years earlier. The Cold War had deepened. S. 1 T IS HARD NATO: Cold War Frontline When I joined the office in January 1952, feverish preparations were under way for the NATO meeting of foreign ministers to be held in Lisbon the following month.
Australia and the Vietnam War by Peter Edwards