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Eisenhower and CambodiaDiplomacy, Covert Action, and the Origins of the Second Indochina War$
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William J. Rust

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167428

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167428.001.0001

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“Plausible Denial”

“Plausible Denial”

(p.1) Prologue “Plausible Denial”
Eisenhower and Cambodia

William J. Rust

University Press of Kentucky

The prologue provides an overview of the book’s principal themes, which include plotting against Sihanouk, the US government’s contacts with his noncommunist opposition, and the doctrine of plausible denial. It summarizes the Eisenhower administration’s policy and personal objections to Sihanouk as well as the consequences of both CIA involvement with the unsuccessful Dap Chhuon plot and the US failure to provide an explanation for the CIA’s contacts with the rebels. The prologue includes a brief biography of Sihanouk, his relations with French colonial officials, and a summary of US policy in Cambodia from 1950 to 1953. It also discusses the diverse national and international threats to Sihanouk during French colonial rule—for example, Thai irredentists, Vietnamese communists, nationalist Son Ngoc Thanh, and noncommunist Khmer Issarak rebels.

Keywords:   CIA, Dap Chhuon, Son Ngoc Thanh, Khmer Issarak

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