What specific problems does Ball identify that ultimately would make U.S. escalation in Vietnam unsuccessful? George Ball's Dissenting Opinion on Vietnam (1965)  

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Ball possessed a keen insight into the Vietnam conflict in some of its earliest stages.  Ball argued some fundamental principles.  The first is probably the most important in understanding his position.  Ball believed that the South Vietnamese were losing in their attempts against the Viet Cong and were losing badly.  Ball believed that the United States could not merely "support" or "advise" and expect success because the loss margin was so large.  At the same time, Ball believed that US involvement to a degree of full commitment could not guarantee success.  Ball made a keen distinction in using the term "white" in his memo to the President,...

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