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  • Ngo Dinh Diem (see also Government of Diem and Nhu):
    • Assassination, 527, 531-533, 545, 559
    • Buddhist crisis, 18-19, 319-320, 348, 349
      • Government propaganda re, 142
      • U Thant's letter re, 112
      • U.N. investigation of, 442-443
      • U.S. involvement, alleged, 516
    • Cadres, political, 313
    • Communist defectors, 316
    • Communist insurgency, 314-315
    • Countercoup operations. See Countercoup operations.
    • Counterinsurgency operations:
      • Crop destruction and defoliation, 314
      • 500-pound bombs for, 316-317
      • Taylor's assessment of, 328-330
    • Coup, 513-514, 534
      • Knowledge of coup plotting, 2, 92, 515
      • Surrender, 525n
    • Elections in Vietnam, 314
    • Family, defense of, 18
    • Governmental reform in Vietnam:
    • Harkins-Diem contact on military matters, 86
    • Hoa Hao sect and, 597
    • Kennedy's criticism of, 93-94
    • Kennedy's letter to, 192, 200, 231-234, 287-290
    • Lodge, meetings with, 18-20, 140-143, 441-446, 515-517
    • Lodge assassination threa15, 443
    • Lodge's assessment of, 442
    • Madame Nhu:
    • McNamara-Taylor mission, meeting with, 310-321
    • Media coverage of Vietnam:
      • Assaults on reporters, 444
      • Censorship of press, 142
      • Complaints re, 19, 444-445
      • Kennedy's communications re, 232, 233
    • Mekong Delta region, attitude toward, 750
    • Mental state, 18, 298
    • Nhu:
    • Provinces, creation of, 313
    • Public works program, 315
    • Strategic hamlet program, 311-313, 597
    • Student protest movement, 318
    • Taylor's letter to, 328-330
    • U.S. Information Service, criticism of, 142-143
    • U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, support for, 386