A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Topics for Discussion

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Discuss Jesse's desire to hand President Nixon half of his draft card. Do you think his behavior was appropriate for the situation, considering who his father had been? Was it anger at the war that caused Jesse to do this, or was it his grief over the loss of his father? Should he have been allowed to give the card to the president?

Discuss Diem's order not to allow his armies to incur casualties. Was Diem's order practical? Would a higher number of casualties have led to Diem's removal from office quicker? Should Cao have gone against his orders during the Ap Bac battle, when it was clear something needed to be done?

Discuss Cao's actions at the end of the Battle of Ap Bac. Why did he send in the paratroopers at all if he didn't intend to put them where they could...

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