Interview with Gerald R. Ford, 1982
Gerald R. Ford had been president of the United States for nine months when in 1975, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell to the North Vietnamese, effectively ending US military involvement in Vietnam. He frames the closing of the war in terms of diplomacyboth between the United States and the South Vietnam and between the executive branch and Congress. He also recalls the decisions necessary to an orderly evacuation of South Vietnam, consisting not just of American soldiers and materials but thousands of South Vietnamese considered to be targets of the advancing North Vietnamese. Lastly, he links failures in US policy toward Vietnam with those toward Cambodia.
Impractical and unconstitutional limits on executive power
Tape 1 Side 1
This is the WGBH film project Vietnam project- the head of Sound Roll #471 corresponding to the head of Camera Roll #2470. This is the 29th of April, 1982; we're in Palm Springs interviewing President Gerald Ford. Digital slate will be the slating system.
Digital slate 101 will be the first slate up. One bloop is a head slate and two is a tail slate.
The possibility of continued military support for South Vietnam
Martin's optimism regarding South Vietnam's survival
Cutting back on assistance to South Vietnam
The logistics of a successful evacuation
The prospects for a negotiated settlement
U.S. obligation to not abandon South Vietnamese
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Ford's speech at Tulane following the evacuation
The evacuation of the embassy in Saigon
The loss of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge
The Mayaguez crisis in the context of Siagon's fall
Lessons of Vietnam
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