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Vietnam: A Television History; LBJ Goes to War (1964 - 1965); Interview with William P. Bundy, 1981

Part of The Vietnam Collection.

05/06/1981

William Bundy, brother of McGeorge Bundy, served in the CIA and later as an Assistant Secretary of State under Lyndon Johnson. He recalls Johnson’s early actions towards the South Vietnamese government and his hesitancy to bomb North Vietnam in 1964. Bundy reviews the Tonkin Gulf Incident and the administration’s resulting actions. In addition, he discusses Johnson’s overall strategies in Vietnam and comments on his character as President.


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Series
Vietnam: A Television History
Program
LBJ Goes to War (1964 - 1965)
Program Number

104

Title

Interview with William P. Bundy, 1981

Series Description

This 13 part series covers the history of Vietnam from France's colonial control, through the 1945 revolution, to the 1975 U.S. evacuation from Saigon and the years beyond. The series' objective approach permits viewers to form their own conclusions about the war. 101--Roots of a War--Despite cordial relations between American intelligence officers and Communist leader Ho Chi Minh in the turbulent closing months of World War II, French and British hostility to the Vietnamese revolution laid the groundwork for a new war. 102--The First Vietnam War (1946-1954)--The French generals expected to defeat Ho's rag-tag Vietminh guerrillas easily, but after eight years of fighting and $2.5 billion in U.S. aid, the French lost a crucial battle at Dienbienphu--and with it, their Asian empire. 103--America's Mandarin (1954-1963)--To stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, America replaced France in South Vietnam--supporting autocratic President Ngo Dinyh Diem until his own generals turned against him in a coup that brought political chaos to Saigon. 104--LBJ Goes to War (1964-1965)--With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon Baines Johnson determined to prevent it, and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for massive escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War. 105--America Takes Charge (1965-1967)--In two years, the Johnson Administration's troop build-up dispatched 1.5 million Americans to Vietnam to fight a war they found baffling, tedious, exciting, deadly and unforgettable. 106--America's Enemy (1954-1967)--The Vietnam War as seen from different perspectives: by Vietcong guerrillas and sympathizers; by North Vietnamese leaders; by rank and file; and by American held prisoner in Hanoi. 107--Tet (1968)--The massive enemy offensive at the Lunar New Year decimated the Vietcong and failed to topple the Saigon government, but led to the beginning of America's military withdrawal. 108--Vietnamizing the War (1968-1973)--President Nixon's program of troop pull-outs, stepped-up bombing and huge arms shipments to Saigon changed the war, and left GI's wondering which of them would be the last to die in Vietnam. 109--Cambodia and Laos--Despite technical neutrality, both of Vietnam's smaller neighbors were drawn into the war, suffered massive bombing, and in the case of Cambodia, endured a post-war holocaust of nightmare proportions. 110--Peace is at Hand (1968-1973)--While American and Vietnamese continued to clash in battle, diplomats in Paris argued about making peace, after more than four years reaching an accord that proved to be a preface to further bloodshed. 111--Homefront USA--Americans at home divide over a distant war, clashing in the streets as demonstrations lead to bloodshed, bitterness and increasing doubts about the outcome. 112--The End of the Tunnel (1973-1975)--Through troubled years of controversy and violence, U.S. casualties mounted, victory remained elusive and American opinion moved from general approval to general dissatisfaction with the Vietnam war. 113--Legacies--Vietnam is in the Soviet orbit, poorer than ever, at war on two fronts; America's legacy includes more than one half million Asian refugees, one half million Vietnam veterans and some questions that won't go away. Series release date: 9/1983

Program Description

With Ho Chi Minh determined to reunite Vietnam, Lyndon Baines Johnson determined to prevent it, and South Vietnam on the verge of collapse, the stage was set for massive escalation of the undeclared Vietnam War.

Duration

01:16:19

Asset Type

Raw video

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Vietnam--Politics and government
War and emergency legislation
Bombing, Aerial
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, American
United States--Foreign relations--1945-1989
Escalation (Military science)
Offensive (Military science)
Vietnamese reunification question (1954-1976)
Vietnam--History--1945-1975
United States--Politics and government
Regime change
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Summit meetings
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Coups d'etat--Vietnam
Vietnam (Republic)
United States--Foreign relations--Asia
Diplomacy
Vietnam (Democratic Republic)
United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964
United States--History--1945-
United States. Central Intelligence Agency
Military history
Tet Offensive, 1968
Tonkin Gulf Incidents, 1964
Genres
Documentary
Topics
War and Conflict
Creators
Ellison, Richard (Series Producer)
Contributors
Bundy, William P., 1917-2000 (Interviewee)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Rights Summary

No materials may be re-used without references to appearance releases and WGBH/UMass Boston contract. 2) It is the liability of a production to investigate and re-clear all rights before re-use in any project. Rights Holder: WGBH Educational Foundation

Citation
Chicago: “Vietnam: A Television History; LBJ Goes to War (1964 - 1965); Interview with William P. Bundy, 1981,” 05/06/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B67577634DC94DF49AB591169B1F5C01.
MLA: “Vietnam: A Television History; LBJ Goes to War (1964 - 1965); Interview with William P. Bundy, 1981.” 05/06/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B67577634DC94DF49AB591169B1F5C01>.
APA: Vietnam: A Television History; LBJ Goes to War (1964 - 1965); Interview with William P. Bundy, 1981. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_B67577634DC94DF49AB591169B1F5C01
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