US: “More imperialistic than the French”

1964: U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. reported to Washington that the new President of South Vietnam Dương Văn Minh told him that he opposed American soldiers going into villages and districts of rural Vietnam as they would be perceived as “more imperialistic than the French” and would give credence to communist propaganda that the Saigon government was a lackey of the United States.

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