would diminish, and these South Vietnamese leaders would be able to consolidate their own power so that they could stay in power and if, by any chance, the war were to end suddenly ah, during the time they were there, they didn’t know what their own situation was. So, toward the end...of the period, VietnamClark CliffordSR #2636Tape 1, Side 1(Tone)... That’s the reference tone at minus 8DB. This is the...Vietnam project film T888, WGBH Boston. It’s May 18th, 1981. This is Sound Roll #2636, starting with Camera Roll #665, Scene 15, Take 1...60-cycle reference tone, 7½ ips, 242 frames per second, , and it looked like, possibly, we were getting near the end. It was toward the end of ’67 that...our military said, well, we can see the end of the tunnel at this time. And there was some talk that some of our men might even be back by Christmas. That has a great tendency to minimize and allay concerns that you
Clark Clifford served as Lyndon Johnson’s Secretary of Defense. He discusses the effects of Eisenhower’s “domino theory” on his initial thinking about Vietnam and how this changed after he visited the country. He recalls behind–the-scenes efforts to convince the President to pursue peace after the Tet Offensive, and recalls Johnson’s announcement that he would not run for re-election in March of 1968. Finally, he describes the attitudes of the South Vietnamese toward American involvement and characterizes the war as, in his opinion, a mistake.