To Oppose Any Foe: The Legacy of U.S. Intervention in Vietnam

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The editors present ten essays revisiting "Legal and Policy Issues of the Indochina War," which was also the title of the U. of Virginia Law School seminar from which eight of the ten originated. The papers were selected, say the editors, for their contributions to the literature and for their use of primary sources. In turn, the first six papers explore the reasons for the Kennedy administration's complicity in the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem; argue that US involvement in Vietnam preserved global democratic security; seek to debunk the "myth" that Nixon and Diem's successor, Nguyen Van Thieu, sabotaged the 1973 Paris Peace Accords; analyze Cambodia's Khmer Rouge (and its ideology in a separate paper); and examine the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia. The next three papers discuss legal issues, including the legal advice given to US decisions makers at the start of the war, the contemporary lessons for naval interception operations that can be taken from the war, and how the law of command responsibility was reshaped in the wake of the My Lai massacre. The final pair of essays looks at the silencing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as a prime cause for the policy failure of the war and the US intervention in Somalia as a reprise of the mistakes of the Vietnam War. Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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John Norton Moore is the Director of both the Center for Oceans Law and Policy and the Center for National Security Law and is the Walter L. Brown Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. Robert F. Turner is the Associate Director at the Center for National Security Law, University of Virginia School of Law. Ross A. Fisher is an attorney with Kaye Scholer LLP.

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". . . able legal minds bring analytical skills and rigorous scholarship to the problem and produce thoughtful, nuanced, clearly explained answers." -- Evan Thomas, Newsweek editor, and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

". . . demonstrates that a new generation . . . is capable of reaching sounder conclusions about diverse aspects of that complex conflict." -- Dr. Lewis Sorley, author of A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

". . . the individual essays are uniformly excellent and present an informative interdisciplinary discussion of the Vietnam War's aftermath." -- The Virginia Lawyer

"A remarkable work . . . that will contribute to a more mature and balanced perspective on the tragedy of Vietnam." -- Professor James MacGregor Burns, Williams College (emeritus), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

"A serious and refreshing relook at America's engagement in Vietnam and its longer term consequences." -- The Honorable James Schlesinger, former Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence during the Vietnam War

"I found the essays original, well-researched and a most refreshing challenge to prevailing paradigms. I strongly recommend the book." -- Professor Larry Berman, UC-Davis, author of No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger and Betrayal in Vietnam

"This thoughtful and original book is a welcome challenge to much of the conventional wisdom on the Vietnam War . . ." -- Professor Fred Greenstein, Princeton University(emeritus), and co-author of How Presidents Test Reality: Decisions on Vietnam 1954 and 1965, winner of the Political Science Association's Richard E. Neustadt Award

"[It] has something for everyone, from the historian and historically-minded layman to the military strategist and legal scholar." -- Illya Shapiro, The Washington Times

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