Wyatt, There are a number of things that could have been done to ensure a viable South Vietnam . 1. The free nations of the world should have condemned the DRV for the crimes against humanity in regards to the treatment of the Dien Bien Phu POWs . 2. MAC-V should have been headed up by a counterinsurgency expert not a pink panted WWII tank commander 3. MAC-v should have been a joint command as was in Korea 4. The 1954 cease fire agreement should have been enforced 5. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr, should never been allowed to engineer the murder of the president of South Vietnam.
"undoubtedly involved any attempt to reunite both North and South"