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After the 1954 Geneva international conference, Vietnam was divided into two parts. On paper, North and South Vietnam were twin countries born at the same moment.
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After Watergate, America was a ship without a rudder. Vietnam was left to its own devices, drifting along towards its fate.
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Always emphasizing the role of the Americans in Vietnam, they transformed the Vietnam war into a conflict between the United States and North Vietnam, relegating the people, the government and the armed forces of South Vietnam to a subordinate role.
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Americans are big boys. You can talk them into almost anything. Just sit with them for half an hour over a bottle of whiskey and be a nice guy.
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And also many time, I asked, you know, President Johnson and other people to stop this war, and to win this war. You have to go offensive, or not.
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And I think today more than in the past, American will have a big and very difficult role to play.
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And so when I become premiere, Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge come as a new ambassador.
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And some friend, you know, introduced me to someone, you know, in the publishing industry, and they said they want me to write my story.
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And that's why most the country in the third world, even those who receive, you know, aid, money from United States, don't like America.
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And the third reason I think the American himself. Now is much better. But, you know, back 50 years ago, very poor knowledge about the outside America.
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And then from November '63 until July '65, before I become premier, during a period of time only about two years, there are five or six changes of government in South Vietnam.
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And then I left Huntington Beach and then go to live in Hong Kong for almost three years.
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And then when I come back to America, we go to Seattle for one year because my wife, you know, has some - has some relative in Seattle.
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And then when they picked me as premiere, I don't think I feel, you know, different. For me, the position mean responsibility, but that's all.
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And you know, I'm golf, you know, player now.
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Because never before human history that you have one country that become the sole and the true powerful in both fill economic and military - America is sole leader of the whole world today.
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But also, right after World War II ended, and then the world was divided into camp - one with Russia and China; you know, the red empire - and this side, the so-called free world, and the leader across the United States.
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But anyway, the last government in the South before I become premier was a civilian government.
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But desire and hope, yes, someday I will be back.
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But I can say that I'm the only one that understand and know Mr. Thieu (ph).
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But maybe in the American sign, they see the problem with Taylor if he continue to stay as U.S. ambassador, you know. Very difficult relationship between Taylor and us.
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By fighting a limited, defensive war, America permitted the enemy to endlessly re-supply their field armies.
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By the mid-sixties, the United States had poured more than half a million troops into South Vietnam.
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Compared to the sophisticated North, however, the government of South Vietnam was a very young and innocent sibling.
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Concerning the will to fight of the South Vietnamese troops, if you take my military career as typical for most of the fighting men of South Vietnam, you will find that my achievements will compare favorably to those of any other military man in any other country.
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During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions.
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For if you are different, I have some respect and interest in you. If you are average, I am not interested.
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From its inception, South Vietnam was only considered to be an outpost in the war against communism.
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I came first to Camp Pendleton, where I stay as a refugee, as a - you know, like other Vietnamese refugees. I stay in Camp Pendleton I think for one or two months.
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I have been blessed often by Buddha, but equally by America.
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I must say that the majority of my comrades-in-arms have the same spirit and the same fighting capability as I do.
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I never staged a coup. They picked me up. Like I say, they forced me to become premier, maybe hoping that by that way, they send me to the electric chair.
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I offered to lead a South Vietnamese attack on North Vietnam, which was defended by a single division of regular troops.
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I think after 27 years, you know, if my mother country is Vietnam - is still Vietnam - but my father country, now, is America. So to have dual, you know, identity - is nothing wrong with that.
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I went to the bank and opened a new account and put my money. And then, you know, the director, the president and all the - you know, the members of the bank, of course, they recognized me.
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If Americans knew how to deal with other people, they could bring peace to the world. Alas, they have not learned enough yet. The true American feels that he is 100 percent welcome anywhere he goes.
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If the war has faded into history, democracy's defeat in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations.
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Indeed, during the entire war, no Soviet or Chinese official made any statement that sounded like instructions or smacked of interference in the internal affairs of North Vietnam.
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Long before America decided to quit the war, I realized that this would be the inevitable result of America's lack of commitment to victory.
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My mother, in desperation to have a boy, went to the famous temple in North Vietnam and prayed Buddha to have a son. And then, one year after, I was born.
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Now, you know, still today there are some opinion of some people, you know, still speculate that I become premier after myself and a group of young officers staged a military coup, you know? It was not true.
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Otherwise, if you continue to fight the war, with so much limitations, you know, and always in the defensive, at the end of the day, you're going to lose.
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So I had no idea, you know, at that time about publishing book and the - so - and because they pay me some, you know, advance money, which I can use for - you know, to buy a business. So I agree.
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So I remember I myself first suggest Mr. Thieu (ph), you know, General Thieu (ph), you know, become the next prime minister.
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So I start my exile's life first become liquor - liquor store owner.
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So I think all that, you know, misunderstanding, not really from American, but also from the outside - from people like me - even when I become premiere and closer allied with American.
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So I think that kind - the lack of understanding from American and from other friends - that the key of why - although with the big and good intention to help other, people still don't love you, or don't like you.
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So my mother and my family, you know, believe that I'm really, you know, the son of Buddha.
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So one night, they call up the Armed Forces Council, which, as commander of the air force, I am a member.
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So right now, I'm - I'm in L.A., in Hacienda Heights, you know, next to the famous Chinese temple that the former Vice President Gore visit in the presidential election.
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So when I come here, you know, I become liquor owner or fisherman, I feel no different, to be very frank. No difference at all.
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So while there, you know, I met with a few other friends in American community and some Vietnamese fishermen. And so we talk about the fishing business.
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South Vietnam had to be built from scratch and, from the very beginning, depended far too much on the Western superpowers. As in the case of a person on public welfare, this dependency, which became greater with each day, was quite difficult to shake.
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The government of South Vietnam thus became, in the eyes of the peoples of Vietnam and of the world, a puppet regime serving the interests of American imperialists.
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The Hanoi government took power with a record of resistance against the colonialists and of struggle for national independence.
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The way Americans understand and treat other peoples almost guarantees that the world will suffer more trouble.
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Through leadership of the fight against French colonialism, Ho Chi Minh had made a name for himself in the international political arena.
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To explain: Many years prior to the partition, through participation in a series of international conferences, and by pursuing a guerrilla war against a European power, the Hanoi leadership had demonstrated that they were a formidable political reality.
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We act - we do thing because we think it's good for our country.
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We all know that in war the political and military factors have to complement each other.
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We all know that without the massive assistance of the communist superpowers, North Vietnam could not have prolonged its war of invasion for so many years.
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We begin with a military government. It lasted few months. And then a mixed civilian and military government. And then few months later, go back again to military.
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We were not only politically at a disadvantage, but we also committed a basic blunder in military strategy when we chose to fight a limited and defensive war.
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When I become the commander in chief of the air force - you can ask them - I still treat, you know, people, you know, who served with me as a good friend.
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You and I may not be brilliant strategists, but we should all know that the best defense is a good offense.
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You have matured, and the sacrifices and passions of your youth have given way to the rewards and responsibilities that accompany your positions of esteem in American society.
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You know, my wife and my family - my son, you know - they always pushed me to apply for American citizenship. They said we are all now, and this - you living here for 27 years - it is about time.
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