The word quagmire is a precarious, difficult situation or else a predicament. The book explains how the observation of the ambiguity of Vietnamese politics and the difficulties the United States faced in achieving its objectives. Moreover, this book offers many insights into the misunderstanding between the United States government and the Americans. As it is evident from the book, the people of Vietnam were ignorance and reluctant on the way Madame was running the government.
Francois Sully published a Newsweek article that questioned the running of the government. The people of Vietnam started campaigning about his negative activities he was doing in the country. It is evident from the book that people should be able to learn fast from other peoples actions. It is evident that there was a misunderstanding involving the American press and its mission. The American mission did not want what Francois Sully was reporting about them. This is because the American mission wanted to colonize Vietnam. This shows that the people of Vietnam were extremely naive and reluctant to learn from the words and articles that Francois reported (pg2).
The main aim of the American mission was to colonize Vietnam not to assist them in any way. It is evident in the book when he narrates that the American mission was not happy with the Sully reported. The Vietnamese were knowledgeable saboteurs during the Indochina war as they cut essential highways with tremendous hand-dug pits, with a lot of care carrying the dirt from the whole so that the French militant could forage for filler materials. As the French militant had superior weapons, the Vietnamese had to use another technique so that they can be able to conquer them. The idea was that they retreated, leaving nothing behind but ashes and ruins. During the night, they could return in small groups severally making life difficult for their enemy. It is evident from the book that creativity is vital while conducting any practice at any time (Pg6).
President Ngo Dinh Diem was self- principled, and this is evident from the book when the narrator says that the Americans wanted him to mingle with the people in his country, wave to people, shake their hands, and do things they wanted. It shows that Ngo was self-principled when the narrator says “But the president, she said, was terribly shy, and he could never do this, he would feel foolish, and he could never be able to conceive from the people.” His self-principle is seen when he refused to join Ho’s popular front in 1945. The purpose for this act is that the people who were communist had killed his elder brother.
Ngo Dinh Diem was a nationalist, an anti communist, and a respected mandarin who has resigned his job as the minister of the Interior of Annam because of the reason the French had reneged on promises that he would be allowed to rule freely. Ngo was a religious leader as it is evident when the narrator says, “he was a member of aristocratic old family, a devout Roman Catholic, and an early articulate anti- communist.” It is evident that he was loyal to his country when the narrator said, “Because of Diems reputations as a nationalist, Ho Chi Minh asked him to join his popular front in 1945.” It shows that he was exceptionally much committed in ensuring the Vietnam activities were running smoothly (pg15).
From my way of thinking, Ngo seemed focused in his activities as the narrator says that he abandoned his earlier studies for the priesthood. The quote “The church was too worldly for him” show that he a was not a person who wanted revolution as he was only happy only concerned with the excitement of independence and techniques of mass crowd appeal remained alien to him. The narrator says that Ngo was courageous, and this is evident when the writer of the book says, “Against vast obstacles Diems acted forthright and courageously in the early years of his government.” He resettled nearly a million immigrants from North of Vietnam, whereby majority of them were Catholics who had fled Ho’s regime. It is true to say that Diem was a good decision maker in that he decided to wipe out the gangster his adviser warned him. He instead crashed the criminal elements, which had ruled Saigon through their control of gambling and prostitution.
The American did not want as they showed much enthusiasm for him. The Life called him “the Tough Miracle man of Vietnam” and the Saturday Evening Post labeled his country “the bright Spot in Asia.” The answer to the question “who genuinely between the American press and the government was right.” My opinion is the American press since they did not collaborate with the American mission in colonizing Vietnam. This is evident when the narrator says that it disturbed on his arrival as none of the American official was talking about the substance of Sully stories. Yet his fellow reporters considered his sources darned persuasive particularly his military information.
On the other hand, the American press betrayed its government, as it did not collect the military information its rivals. This is the reason that made Sully popularity at the palace of Sully decrease dramatically. The writer narrates that soon after arrival in Saigon he met the relationship between the American press in Vietnam quite differences from any other country. In Vietnam, there was a sharp and unfortunate polarization of the press reporting and the official position. There was no overnight development, nor was it, as he claimed later that a product of Buddhist crisis was still eight months.