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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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“Irresponsible and Mischievous Actions” (1956)

“Irresponsible and Mischievous Actions” (1956)

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Eisenhower and Cambodia

William J. Rust

University Press of Kentucky

In early 1956, Sihanouk made a goodwill visit to the Philippines that turned out to be disaster for the United States. The most egregious affront to Sihanouk and his neutrality was a statement, allegedly drafted by a shadowy figure named Daniel François Baroukh, that praised collective security, criticized communist aggression, and emphasized the value of American aid. Upon his return to Cambodia, Sihanouk publicly criticized the what he felt was pressure to join the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) and US economic aid, particularly the Commercial Import Program. Perhaps even more troubling to US officials was Sihanouk’s subsequent visit to the PRC. Dap Chhuon, the ostensibly loyal military commander of Siem Reap Province, wrote to McClintock expressing his determination to use forceful measures to prevent the triumph of communism in Cambodia. Dap Chhuon’s letter was the impetus for US deliberations about the possibility of removing Sihanouk from power.

Keywords:   Daniel François Baroukh, Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, Commercial Import Program, Dap Chhuon

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