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By Major Donald V. Phillips

This research examines the making plans, execution, and result of US army involvement within the 1970 Cambodian incursions. Named Operation Rockcrusher, the assaults designated North Vietnamese sanctuaries in formally impartial Cambodia. Strategic counsel for the operation mirrored the Nixon administration's wish to continue with troop savings and quick "Vietnamize" the conflict in Southeast Asia. Efforts to set stipulations for a U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, together with a covert bombing crusade of Cambodia, failed. those components, in addition to a deteriorating political state of affairs inside Cambodia, resulted in approval of the attacks. The thesis describes the operational and tactical targets that have been derived from the strategic state of affairs. Then, through discussing key parts of the crusade, the research examines how good the U.S. military comprehensive those targets. Reviewed in the context of chosen battlefield working structures, the operation finds a determined "mixed bag" of luck and...

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This position, while sometimes overstated, is echoed in a 1969 memorandum by Henry Kissinger to the President. Kissinger was specifically concerned about: —the pace of public opposition in the US to our continuing the fight in any form. ) —the ability of the US Government to maintain its own discipline carrying out this policy. ) —the actual ability of the South Vietnamese Government and armed force to replace American withdrawals—both physically and psychologically. , losses of military cadre, political infrastructure, etc.

ALSO — To emerge from crisis without unacceptable taint from methods used. {16} Without a strategic plan to win the war, the fighting ground on while national support withered. Not willing to risk superpower nuclear confrontation or his domestic agenda, total victory over North Vietnam remained politically unacceptable to President Johnson. By the 1968 Tet Offensive, a massive tactical defeat for the Communists, the war was so unpopular that it effectively terminated the Johnson administration.

Tonight, American and South Vietnamese units will attack the headquarters for the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam. This key control center has been occupied by the North for five years in blatant violation of Cambodia's neutrality. This is not an invasion of Cambodia. The areas in which these attacks will be launched are completely occupied and controlled by North Vietnamese forces. Our purpose is not to occupy the areas. {3} While President Nixon spoke, over 25,000 US and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops assaulted Communist bases across the “Fishhook,” a forty-mile swath of the Cambodian border.

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