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The Son Tay Raid: A Study In Presidential Policy

Major John Mitchell, United States Marine Corps

 

CONTENTS

 

Section Page

1. SETTING THE STAGE: NIXON'S POLICY ...................................... 3

2. LINKING THE POLITICAL STRATEGY TO SON TAY .................. 9

3. INTELLIGENCE AND THE DECISION ........................................... 12

4. THE STORY: ORGANIZING, PLANNING, EXECUTING ............... 19

5. RAID REACTION .............................................................................. 31

6. A 'WIN-WIN' FOR NIXON ............................................................... 39

7. IN CONCLUSION: A QUESTION TO CONSIDER ........................... 41

Appendixes

A. The Political Timeline .......................................................................... 44

B. Interview with Melvin Laird ................................................................. 46

C. Selected Illustrations ............................................................................. 48

D. Interview with Ben Schemmer ............................................................. 51

Bibliography ................................................................................................ 53

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