Excerpt on South Vietnam and Laos from President Kennedy's State of the Union Message, January 11, 1962


Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 2, p. 806


President Kennedy's State of the Union Message, January 11, 1962, Public Papers of the Presidents, Kennedy, 1962, p. 12:

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"A satisfactory settlement in Laos would also help to achieve and safeguard the peace in Viet Nam--where the foe is increasing his tactics of terror--where our own efforts have been stepped up--and where the local government has initiated new programs and reforms to broaden the base of resistance. The systematic aggression now bleeding that country is not a 'war of liberation'--for Viet Nam is already free. It is a war of attempted subjugation--and it will be resisted."

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