Interview with Henry Kissinger, 1982
Henry Kissingers involvement with Vietnam started before he was Nixons National Security Advisor. While at Harvard, Kissinger was a consultant on foreign policy to both the White House and State Department and in a 1973 peace agreement, Kissinger helped mediate between Washington and Hanoi. In this interview Kissinger recalls the period before he joined the Nixon White House and how he did not question the United States involvement in Vietnam. In 1965, Kissinger travelled to Vietnam and saw that the war was not winnable in the way it was currently being conducted. Moreover, he had doubts as to whether or not South Vietnam could stand on their own once the United States left. He also describes his impression of Le Duc Tho as someone whose goal was to break the morale and spirit of the American people and partake in psychological warfare. Kissinger continues by stating that Vietnam still has an effect on American policy.
Kissinger's early attitudes and policies with regard to the Vietnam War
SOUND ROLL 467, TAPE 1, SIDE 1
Vietnam Project for WGBH. This is April 17, 1982. This is an interview with Kissinger. Production number TVP 013. Has a reference minus eight db zero. And there's a hiss for azimuth alignment.
Sound roll 467. This will be picture roll 2462.
The Paris negotiations between the U.S. and North Vietnam
The cease-fire agreement with the North
SOUND ROLL 468, TAPE 1, SIDE 2
This is April 17, 1982. Continuing interview with Dr. Kissinger for Vietnam Project. Production TVP 013. This is Sound Roll 468. Camera Roll 2464. Here's a reference. Scene three coming up. Scene three.
Achievement of the Paris agreements
Marginalization and decline of South Vietnam in relation to American politics
Pic roll 2466
Watergate and division in the unraveling of the Nixon Administration
Synch 6 coming up, synch 6
Sound roll 4. Camera roll 2467, Synch 7
Sihanouk and the secret bombing of Cambodia