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  • proper n. A communist nationalist movement and political party in Laos, which took power in 1975 after a civil war.


From Lao ປະເທດລາວ, from ປະເທດ (patheet, "country, state") + ລາວ (laaw, "Lao"). (Wiktionary)


  • In Laos, North Vietnamese battalions operated with Pathet Lao units in a battle against pro-Western forces for control of the strategic Plain of Jars.

    Going Home to Glory

  • If that failed to produce a cease-fire, Kennedy was advised to use tactical nuclear weapons and air strikes against the Pathet Lao.

    Gordon Goldstein: Team of Rivals: JFK's Lessons for Commander-in-Chief Obama

  • Pacific Command to prepare for potential air strikes against North Vietnam and perhaps southern China, all in response to new advances by the communist Pathet Lao insurgency in Laos.

    Gordon Goldstein: Team of Rivals: JFK's Lessons for Commander-in-Chief Obama

  • The problem is the Pathet Lao, a leftist group with enough popular support to be a member of any coalition government.

    George Bush's Samson Option

  • Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dumped four billion pounds of bombs on the country in a "secret war" against Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese communists.

    Plain of Jars

  • Villagers there, while fairly sympathetic to the leftist Pathet Lao and fairly disdainful of the right-wing National Union government that had won power in 1960 in an election rigged by the CIA, were less than fervently political.

    Villa Incognito

  • Within weeks of that inconclusive but inferential conversation, during which time the airmen continued to enjoy the hospitality of Fan Nan Nan and to follow their nebulous pursuits, the Hanoi-backed Pathet Lao had seized control of most of Laos.

    Villa Incognito

  • ‡ The communist Pathet Lao, with long-standing close ties to the Vietnamese communists, have been in power since 1975.


  • Premier Phoui Sananikone, aided by an expanded U.S. program of military and economic aid, began an attempt to wipe out the Pathet Lao, which had continued to receive Communist help.

    1959, Jan

  • The most troublesome issues were (1) the establishment of an effective cease-fire, for frequent reports revealed continuing advances of the Pathet Lao; and (2) the formation of a Laotian government acceptable to the three factions.

    1961, Feb. 19


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