U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response in Vietnam War, Cables ShowGen. Westmoreland wanted to have…

Gen. Westmoreland wanted to have nuclear weapons on hand in South Vietnam in the event that the besieged Marines at Khe Sanh fell.

This is a clear correlation between the events of the Korean War and the fears that arose from that conflict. American leaders feared a massive, conventional attack over the DMZ. And some of them went ahead with nuclear plans in that event.