“But the president wanted the air strike option kept openbecause he had doubts the blockade would work, and perhaps also because he wanted the military to believe that their preferred course of action was receiving full consideration.”
“Determined to show toughness somewhere, Nixon ordered a secret air strike against North Vietnamese bases in Cambodiathis followed one undertaken in March, and was succeeded in turn by a series of others in May and thereafter.”
“But there is no evidence that Robert Kennedy knew which option he favored from the start, and the final Ex Comm choice that his brother adopted included the threat of an air strike should the blockade prove insufficient.”
“First air strike against Bac Mai airfield near Hanoi.”
“I didnt succeed in keeping it very open because the only allies I got for an air strike were people who wanted to strike everything that could fly in Cuba, and that wasnt exactly what the President had in mindThe Color of Truth, p.”
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