Former Republican Congressman John LeBoutillier criticizes current Republican policies toward Vietnam and forcefully argues for normalizing relations with Hanoi
LeBoutillier exposes what he terms the hypocrisy of present U.S. policy toward its former foe and reveals, for the first time, Oval Office secrets about the abandonment of hundreds of American prisoners of war. Vietnam Now clearly demonstrates the advantages of normalized relations, including a severe weakening of Soviet influence throughout Southeast Asia and a reassertion of American economic and diplomatic power in the world''s most rapidly growing region. Vietnam Now is the first book written by a Republican to challenge the conservative policies that govern U.S. relations with Vietnam. LeBoutillier counters what he calls a handful of super-conservative Republicans who continue to preach the policy of Vietnam isolation. He argues that it is finally time to recognize our former foe and, in the words of a Vietnamese diplomat, stop the bleeding that still continues from the war.