Vietnamese Nationalist fighters were called “Vietminh.”
U.S. supported independence for colonies, EXCEPT if the country might go communist.
Guerrilla Warfare. Hard to know your enemy. Make government look weak. Only attack when certain of victory. Retreat when over matched. Return when enemy vacates territory. Harass lines of communication and support.
American personal went from 2,000 in 1961 to 15,000 by 1963. “Advisors.”
Diem, a Catholic, in a mostly Buddhist country discriminated them.
The Buddhist monks protested.
Overthrow of Diem. Kennedy said that Diem had to go! He was killed. U.S./C.I.A. supported a coup to replace him with a military Junta. The Military Junta wasn't very popular either. Junta was corrupt and and poor administrators of country.