This is a must-listen interview by Tom Woods of Geoffrey Shaw, author of The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam. Shaw will definitely present you with a picture of Vietnam you’ve never heard before. And he does an excellent job of portraying a very decent, very talented Vietnamese president who was betrayed and assassinated by forces within the U.S. government. It sounds like it was Averell Harriman and Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Tom Woods explains
The standard narrative runs like this: Ngo Dinh Diem was the corrupt and oppressive president of South Vietnam whose removal (which wound up taking the form of assassination) the Kennedy Administration had no choice but to endorse. On top of everything else, Diem’s administration was dominated by Roman Catholics in a predominantly Buddhist country, and his outrageous oppression of Buddhists was still another reason he had to go.
Diem was a great leader and didn’t need to be murdered or removed.