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Before the QuagmireAmerican Intervention in Laos, 1954-1961$
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William Rust

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813135786

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813135786.001.0001

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Who the Hell Is Our Boy?

Who the Hell Is Our Boy?

(p.202) Chapter 9 Who the Hell Is Our Boy?
Before the Quagmire

William J. Rust

University Press of Kentucky

One month after the Kong Le Coup, General Phoumi and his front man, Prince Boun Oum, announce the establishment of a revolutionary government headquartered in Savannakhet in southern Laos. The embassy and CIA station in Vientiane urged U.S. support for Souvanna's legal government, while officials in Washington tended to favor Phoumi and the Savannakhet group attempting to overthrow the prime minister. A team of U.S. officials-J. Graham Parsons from the State Department, John Irwin from the Pentagon, and Vice Admiral Herbert Riley from CINCPAC-traveled to Laos, intending to resolve the policy differences within the U.S. government but failing in their mission. Pentagon officials sought the recall of Ambassador Winthrop Brown, whose support of Souvanna is considered virtually treasonous.

Keywords:   Boun Oum, Savannakhet group, Parsons-Irwin-Riley mission, Winthrop Brown

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