American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. program of turning over to the South Vietnamese government responsibility for waging the conflict, in order to implement withdrawal of U.S. military personnel.
“They used to call it "Vietnamization;" the U.S. military training the home-grown troops to defend their own country so we wouldn't have to.”
“I put my typewriter on the nice wood table (no computers in 1975, and I didn't even use an electric typewriter at that point), and I wrote a commission play for Yale Rep called The Vietnamization of New Jersey.”
“It was called Vietnamization combined with duplicitous and delaying diplomacy orchestrated by Nixon's Svengali, Henry Kissinger.”
“It was called Vietnamization; today it's called Iraqification.”
“But this followed several years of President Nixon's policy of Vietnamization, which is pulling out American forces.”
“Government in view of the complete failure of its so-called Vietnamization policy.”
“Vietnamization, which is the most cynical and shameful thing that has ever been pronounced in international policy -- the use of technical means, preparing Vietnamese to fight against the Vietnamese fatherland and the”
“Under a policy called Vietnamization, US forces withdrew as South Vietnamese troops were trained and armed.”
“The comment is striking, because Obama's strategy for Afghanistan bears a remarkable resemblance to Nixon's "Vietnamization" strategy.”
“The comment is ironic, because Obama's strategy for Afghanistan bears a remarkable resemblance to Nixon's "Vietnamization" strategy.”
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