thieu-resignation

April 21, 1975 – A bitter, tearful President Thieu resigns during a 90 minute rambling TV speech to the people of South Vietnam. Thieu reads from the letter sent by Nixon in 1972 pledging « severe retaliatory action » if South Vietnam was threatened. Thieu condemns the Paris Peace Accords, Henry Kissinger and the U.S. « The United States has not respected its promises. It is inhumane. It is untrustworthy. It is irresponsible. » He is then ushered into exile in Taiwan, aided by the CIA.

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