The U.S. Consul in Saigon, Charles Reed, is the first American official to use the term “domino theory”. He’s talking about what will happen in Cambodia and Laos if Cochin China falls to the VietMinh, who he wrongly concludes are taking orders from Moscow.
Meanwhile Ho is playing Good Cop Bad Cop while making preparations for war. While the French are convinced the whole thing will be over in a matter of weeks, membership in local militia and guerrilla units from Giap’s “Combat Villages” reach almost one million people.
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