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Ira A. Hunt, Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142081

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142081.001.0001

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(p.171) 3 Cambodia
Losing Vietnam

Ira A. Hunt

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter Three looks at the effects of the “war by budget” on the Cambodian Civil War. It discusses the inability of the Cambodians to hold off the Khmer communist insurgency and the subsequent fall of Cambodia. It suggests that the U.S. Congress’s failure to provide the funding necessary to adequately support the war effort caused defeatism among the Cambodian forces. The Khmer communists, in contrast, seemed to become better equipped and supplied as the war wore on. Another key factor was that, as in South Vietnam, the United States withdrew its supporting combat forces, attempting to augment the loss by providing the Cambodian forces with additional armor, artillery, and tactical air equipment. This chapter suggests that both cases were due to ideological clashes.

Keywords:   Cambodian Civil War, Khmer communists, War by budget, Insurgency, Military withdrawal

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