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Introduction: A Tangle of Myths

There has been an immense amount of debate on the role of the United States in Indochina. Almost every aspect of the US intervention in that region has been tirelessly studied, explored, and argued in thousands of books and articles. Nevertheless, the debate on Washington's strategy in the war is surprisingly stagnant: there is a paper ocean of material addressing civilian and military decisionmaking during the war, and many of these works are admirable, but a multitude of intriguing questions are rarely posed and even more rarely discussed in an enlightening manner.