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Admiral Felt: Vietnam War Will Be Won by 1966

Jan. 30, 1963 - Admiral Harry D. Felt, Pacific commander, predicted today that the American-backed Government of South Vietnam would win its war against the Viet Cong by 1966. He also told a news conference in Washington he did not think Communist China or North Vietnam would plunge into the Southeast Asian war with overt military action. Planners in Peking and Hanoi would “hesitate a long time,” he said, before throwing military forces into South Vietnam because they would reason that such action would mean “confrontation with the United States.” “They don’t want to fight the United States because they know how strong we are,” Admiral Felt declared.


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