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- Senator John F. Kennedy's address to the American Friends of Vietnam on the current situation Vietnam and Southeast Asia.,  American Friends of Vietnam 62 West 45th Street New York 36, New York For Release 1 P.M., Friday, June 1st. Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy )Dem.-Mass.) at the Conference on "America's Stake in Vietnam" sponsored by the American Friends of Vietnam, Willard Hotel. Washington, D.C., June first. It is a genuine pleasure to be here today at this vital Conference on the future of Vietnam, and America's stake in that new nation, sponsored by the American Friends of Vietnam, an organization of which I am proud to be a member. Your meeting today at a time when political events concerning Vietnam are approaching a climax, both in that country and in our own Congress, is most timely. Your topic and deliberations, which emphasize the promise of the future more than the failures of the past, are most constructive. I can assure you that the Congress of the United States will give considerable weight to your findings and recommendations; and I extend to all of you who have made the effort to participate in this Conference my congratulations and best wishes. It is an ironic and tragic fact that this Conference is being held at a time when the news about Vietnam has virtually disappeared form the front pages of the American press, and the American people have all but forgotten the tiny nation for which we are in large measure responsible. This decline in public attention is due, I believe, to three faactors: (1) First, it is due in part to the amazing success of President Diem in meeting firmly and with determination the major political and economic crises which had heretofore continually plagued Vietnam. (I shall say more about this point later, for it deserves more consideration from all Americans interested in the future of Asia.) (2) Secondly, it is due in part to the traditional role of American journalism, including rea...
- Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963, Speeches, addresses, etc.
- National Archives and Records Administration
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- John F. Kennedy Pre-presidential Papers; Senate Files; Speeches and the Press; "America's Stake in Vietnam," American Friends of Vietnam, Washington, DC, John F. Kennedy Pre-presidential Papers; Senate Files; Speeches and the Press
America's Stake in Vietnam June 1, 1956
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