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Corruption Constitutes Collapse, 1972

There were many reasons why the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) struggled against North Vietnamese forces. However, in this telegram from the American Ambassador in Vietnam, Ellsworth Bunker, to the secretary of state, Bunker recounts what the South Vietnamese Vice President Tran Van Huong thought was the main problem: that internal corruption was an integral force destroying the power of South Vietnam.

Telegram from Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker Related to Corruption in South Vietnam

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