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Declassified per Executive Order 13526, Section 3.3
NND Project Number: NND 63316. By: NWD Date: 2011

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2. Conditions in Vietnam Invite Firmer Action 12
a. The Military Threatens Diem 13
b. The Sects Threaten Diem 13
c. And the Binh Xuyen Oppose Diem 13
3. French Laxity Demands Strong U.S. Programs 14
a. The Washington Conference, September, 1954 14
b. The U.S. Faults French Support for Diem 15
c. Accommodation Between Paris and Hanoi? 15
d. Sainteny or Ely? 16
e. The Mansfield Report 16
4. NSC Action Program of October and Eisenhower Letter to Diem 17
5. More Action: The Collins Mission 18
6. France Objects to Collins-Ely Agreements 18
D. Franco–American Impasse Over Diem 20
1. Paris: Diem is Ill-Suited for Rule 20
2. Collins: Diem Cannot Lead South Vietnam 20
3. State Department: Diem Is the Only Available Leader 21
4. December Tripartite Talks 22
a. France Proposes Alternative to Diem, Dulles Seems to Acquiesce 22
b. But Dulles Reports, No Other Suitable Leader Can Be Seen 24
c. The U.S. Looks at Alternatives 24
5. January 1955: U.S. Backing for Diem is Reaffirmed 25
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