As we discussed in class on Thursday, the Vietnam war can be divided into three stages -- 1) US involvement in Indochina (without US troops actively fighting); 2) Escalation; and 3) Vietnamization. The majority of your readings over the weekend take place during the Escalation period.
What were some of the goals set forth in the escalation plans? What knowledge do you think was driving the military actions? How would you evaluate them (feel free to use the last document if you need help with your criticism)?