By Richard F. Newcomb
A Pictorial historical past of the Vietnam warfare.
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The dead unburied, the wounded untended, ammunition shortages, food declining, but courage, heroism, and gallantry unbounded. These were grim days in Washington. The Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Council met often, discussing options, drafting reports, briefing President Eisenhower. The president, with no serious opposition in Congress, had already sent American planes, and Army mechanics to service them. In the present crisis, how far should the United States go to save Dien Bien Phu?
Nixon said its use had been discussed several times by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and some believed that three small bombs, well placed, might save the French at Dien Bien Phu. The use of atomic weapons had been thoroughly discussed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Korean war; MacArthur had enthusiastically supported atomic bombing to keep the Chinese hordes out of Korea, even suggesting that he plant recall in his (see Bibliography) that the British 21 A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR atomic materials along the Yalu River boundary as an impassable corridor for decades to come.
In early April 1954, even before the final act at Dien Bien Phu, the great powers had convened on the beautiful lakefront at Geneva. The conference seemed to go badly from the start. No two parties had similar aims. Anthony Eden of Great Britain, conference cochairman, said he had never seen another international conference like it. The Chinese delegation, headed by Chou En-lai, cochairman with Eden, worked for disruption, hoping to capitalize on it with further influence in Indochina. Phan Van Dong, heading the Viet Minh delegation, hoped to bring all of Indochina into Ho Chi Minh's circle and, surprisingly, found the French on his side.
A Pictorial History of the Vietnam War by Richard F. Newcomb