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U.S. Pushing Reforms in South Vietnam as Conditional to Aid

Nov. 4, 1961 - Officials sources indicated today that the U.S. would press South Vietnam to undertake major economic, social, and military reforms to provide a basis for increased U.S. support. The tendency in Washington is to rule out the use of U.S. combat forces for South Vietnam as a means of suppressing Communist attacks upon the regime in Saigon. At the same time, it appears that Army engineers — perhaps in large numbers — may be sent to help in flood-control work and other civic projects, and to fight if necessary. President Kennedy is understood to be unenthusiastic about sending U.S. combat forces into South Vietnam, as he apparently was urged to do by some advisors last month.


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