Limited war through airpower and the political exploitation of POWs

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Title: Limited war through airpower and the political exploitation of POWs
Author: Bauman, Paul Edward
Abstract: This thesis does not examine the tactical planning and execution of the Son Tay raid ; rather , it focuses on the political environment that created the need for such an operation , as well as the implications of the raid . The Nixon administration sought an honorable withdrawal from the war , yet it could not end the war until it secured the release of US POWs . The DRV was unwilling to negotiate the war's end , much less the retum of POWs , until the US and South Vietnam gave in to North Vietnamese demands . Thus , the US was held hostage as a belligerent until it capitulated to DRV demands . In other words , the US could not leave the war until it regained its POWs , and North Vietnam would not release US POWs until it received assurances that their demands would be met . Once the US agreed to withdraw from South Vietnam and abandoned its principal mihtary commitment to a free and independent South Vietnam , the DR negotiated for the remm of US POWs . Thus , US war aims ultimately were compromised in order to gain the release of our POWs .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /10913
Date: 1997-12

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Bauman, Paul Edward Limited war through airpower and the political exploitation of POWs. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /10913 .

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