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A Great Place to Have a War

America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

by Joshua Kurlantzick

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A Great Place to Have a War
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America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA
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Joshua Kurlantzick

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Describes how a mostly-hidden operation in Laos, assembled under President Eisenhower and continued by Presidents Kennedy and Nixon, became the largest paramilitary operation in U.S. history and changed the nature of the CIA forever.

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Laotian Gen. Vang Pao, seen here calling in air strikes against suspected Communist positions from the Long Cheng Command Post in January 1972, led an army of Hmong tribesmen to fight against Communist insurgents backed by the North Vietnamese. A CIA-led effort that started in 1961 tried to help him in that fight. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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'America In Laos' Traces The Militarization Of The CIA

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