[Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg, taught me that sometimes the truth is hidden in plain sight. In this case, all I had to do was open a book, and some of the truth spilled out. Bolded text is my emphasis.]


[Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1963-1964]


Lodge…responded to this opening with a good deal of reserve, launching into a long commentary that put him on distinctly different ground from Thang, Porter, and Landsdale. He began “When you talk about honest elections, you can mean two things: (1) lack of intimidation – this we must have; (2) the fear in some quarters – not, I think, in the highest quarters [i.e., LBJ] – that we won’t be nice enough to the people who would like to tear the whole thing down.” This last referred to concerns expressed in a cable in that morning from State about the prospect that Buddhists, who had been the major force demanding the elections and were suspected of wanting peace even if it meant negotiations with the NLF, would be excluded from the candidate lists.