Tran Ngoc Chau:
With the American mass landing in Vietnam the most
damaging impact was on the high level Vietnamese. I mean, the military
leaders, the ah high civil servants, the Vietnamese politicians, and
even the religious leader in the country, because the American came at
the time that Vietnam was in the eh the most threatening period of time.
Threatened by the communist victory. They all, these people all look at
the American presence, the American, the troops, as their saviors. And,
this is natural.
And, with the, with the relying, by relying to the
American as their savior they began to look to the American for ah to
oppose to the Communist as a main force to oppose to the Communist, and
the begun losing their own initiative and with that the determination
now came to the American general side. So, with the
mass American involvement, the general, the American general and
American officer, they naturally for them, they felt that they had to
get the control over these Vietnamese official, and this was the
beginning of the growing influence of the American over the Vietnamese
And, with that, now, I refer to President Diem's remarks, with that
we Vietnamese leadership began losing our initiative and with that the
determination, and the more the American troops landed in Vietnam, the
more the American high level people; their general, ambassador and ah
others began taking more initiative and influence over the Vietnamese
mili... military leadership who had really the real control over the
country under the American control.
And, these general, Vietnamese general by that time,
we must say that there are some good, real good honest general but there
are other who try to go after the American general and ambassador to
seek for power. And, that was one of the reason that make the American
feel, the American general and ambassador feel that they had to maintain
and to ah il... to ah ah strengthen their control. Now...