March 8, 1965 – U.S. Marines are among the first American combat troops to arrive in Vietnam as 3,500 land at China Beach in defense of the American air base located at Da Nang. At the time of their arrival there were already 23,000 American military advisors stationed in Vietnam. On October 11, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed National Security Action Memorandum No. 263. As of that date, the United States had a total of 16,000 “personnel” in country in South East Asia. The document memorializedRead More
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Prior to the declassification of various formerly TOP SECRET documents there was a widely held misconception that JFK was responsible for having involved the United States in the Vietnam war—not responsible so much for beginning the war, but responsible for having escalated it. One document that clearly refutes such a claim, NSAM 263, appears on the left. However, there is considerable “built in” mystery surrounding this document, as well. The document is itself more “cover letter” than anything else because it does not delineate theRead More
Below are two segments of the same interview I (Greg Burnham) did with Len Osanic for his site, BlackOpRadio.com. Len and I discuss a multitude of topics: Fletcher Prouty, NSAM 263 and NSAM 273, McGeorge Bundy, the Honolulu Conference…Just give it a listen and let me know what you think. Part 1 of Greg Burnham – Len Osanic Black Op Radio Interview, October 31st, 2013 Part 2 of Greg Burnham – Len Osanic Black Op Radio Interview, October 31st, 2013 Utilise a n SEORead More
COPA Presentation 2010 Proper analysis of the actions of the President’s Special Assistant for National Security, McGeorge Bundy, plays a key role in answering the question, “Was JFK’s Vietnam withdrawal policy changed?” after his assassination. That the reversal of JFK’s Vietnam withdrawal policy started immediately following the assassination is no longer in doubt. That Bundy drafted a document (NSAM 273), which began that reversal of policy, on November 21st–the day before JFK was assassinated–is suspect. LBJ signed the final version of the document (NSAM 273) that began to escalateRead More