Conventional war; French lost, shocking defeat; Giap brought supplies via bicycle; Vietnamese determined to get their country back.
Peace Treaty; Vietminh agreed to 17th parallel; agreed on 1956 elections
US prevented democracy, while promoting it; 80% would vote for Ho Chi Minh; voter irregularities, rigged?; White Man's Burden
Started Hamlet program; burning down villages; moving people into a secure location where they can watch them.
Rationalization of escalation of war; miscommunication - saying people firing on the second day, when not actually firing.
bombing of N. Vietnamese; people moved underground