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America's Miracle Man in Vietnam: Ngo Dinh Diem. Until he wasn't anti-Commie enough, and the US had him killed in 1963

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Chiang Kai-Shek Greets Ngo Dinh Diem

Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem (front left), is greeted upon his arrival at the airport of the capital city of Taiwan by Chinese Nationalist President Chiang Kai-shek. The Vietnamese president was making an official five-day state visit to the Republic of China.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Ngo Dinh Diem, president of South Vietnam, May 8, 1957. U.S. Air Force photograph. Public domain.

Lucien Conein. CIA's contact with friendly generals in Vietnam. Agent through whom the United States gave the generals tacit approval as they planned the assassination of South Vietnam's President, Ngo Dinh Diem, in November 1963. Chief of covert operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration in the 1970s -- a job he imperiled by publicly declaring his honorary membership in the Corsican Brotherhood, a syndicate said to be skilled in smuggling certain controlled substances.

Buddhist monk immolates self in protest against Diem regime, 1963 (Vietnam War)

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Buddhist Monk Quang Duc set himself alight in 1963. This was the fifth such death in three days. These suicides were in protest of the South Vietnam regime.