Nguyn Khnh (8 November 1927 11 January 2013) was a South Vietnamese military officer and Army of the Republic of Vietnam general who served in various capacities as head of state and prime minister of South Vietnam while at the head of a military junta from January 1964 until February 1965. He was involved in or against many coup attempts, failed and successful, from 1960 until his defeat and exile from South Vietnam in 1965. Khanh lived out his later years with his family, in exile in the United States. You have many people here who can be leader of the country. We have a few in Vietnam, a few who can uh you know uh lead the country because education, because the training, because all that uh, background that we must have, you know. But, in some way, we better adapt and not adopt what you have. Uh, you know, by example, not killing Diem. Uh, they killed Diem. Uh. secondly, by example. to try to do something better in the fight, in fighting the Communists. And also, the main thing is leader at that time, we feel, was for the French solution of Indochina, for DeGaulle at that time, you know, he want to neutralize South Vietnam and to impose a French solution for the whole Indochina. And leaders at that time were in Saigon, we feel, it was true later on, like by example, Duong Van Minh, you know, who surrender to the Communists at ’75 and we know that now we tory we know that Minh was one of the men of the policemen in Saigon who took, took over. So, I think we were ah, ah right, we were right at that time to change the leadership in Saigon.
On the 1964 South Vietnamese coup
Now I had the power, I want to realize the goals of the Vietnamese revolution back in 1945. The goals were and still be right now is, they uh, independence, that means national sovereignty, the uh, freedom, and the happiness of the whole population.
Yeah, we, we uh, we had a march North, movement at that time, in July ’64. I prepare at that time the psychology of the South Vietnamese people that maybe we need to go north to answer to the aggression from North Vietnam. You, you cannot defend yourself always to have a defensive plan, you know.
Ambassador Taylor and, and, and, and me, and I, we had a very bad moment together at that day in the general staff. Ambassador want to see me uh because he uh made what we called a young turk at that time, a young general officer, namely Nguyen Cao Ky, and Nguyen Van Thieu, and other general. And uh. to kind of to insult them uh for, you know, being changing what we call the civilian government at that time.
On conflict with Maxwell D. Taylor in November 1964
I was against the idea to commit the ground American troops in South Vietnam for the simple reason that we do no Louboutin Outlet t need that. And, then the South Vietnamese armed forces become a kind of uh subletive, you know, the the second reign on the, and the, the national mission of these forces cannot be uh in the Vietnamese hand.
The council uh, forced me to leave the, the country. I feel that I missed to bring peace to my people. And I feel that uh maybe the only time that we can have that peace, you know, and have dignity of South Vietnam, the sovereignty, respected by every people and I feel very badly, of course.
I was supporting the Buddhists. But the, the Buddhists in a a general uh strategy. Yellow Bear to stop the red invasion. So I was for the organization of kind of international Buddhists. And if you remember, we had a headquarters, international Buddhists at that time, in Saigon to all, to buil build its forces, to face Communists red, “vague” of red, you know, invasion from the China, Indochina or Russian. I put Huong, I put Quat, Quat on the prime minister role. Anytime we feel that they do not answer, I mean, deal with the situation we change them. They are not a coup. Either Quat, either Huong, or Minh does not come in office with election with the power, with the population, you know. The people give him the mandate to be prime minister, or to be, to be uh chief state. The mandate it coming from the armed forces at that time before we have any constitution, you know, uh set up later on. So, when we change a government it’s not a coup. We just change somebody what we just want to put in. That’s all.
The boat people, the boat people, in getting out what got in, getting out of South Vietnam, that so called communist paradise and that’s to show enough to the whole world that the communist regime doesn’t work in South Vietnam. We never had that thing before. But now, if there is some, something, you know, moving over there, I am almost sure that we have I am sure that we have, the support, the majority of the population.
I an a political asylum situation here. Legally, I cannot tell that I am making any politics action here. But I always want to be with my people over there. I left my country in honor that day, not like Thieu who fled later. My cabinet, my troops, the whole diplomatic corps were there at t Louboutin Outlet he airport to bid me farewell.
I have a promise to keep; to return to a free and democratic Vietnam.
Very much! China presents Vietnam with a very big problem. China is taking over Vietnam, from Cholon, where there are rich Chinese, to Haiphong. They are everywhere now with their product. My wife is from the North, people there resent China more than the S Louboutin Outlet outh feared the Viet Cong. The Chinese are invaders like any other foreigners to fight. We must stop the Chinese. You know the dikes built on the Louboutin Outlet Red River? If they break, what happens? A flood!
I took with me in my hand on the departing plane a bag of sand, a bag of earth from the soil of a free South Vietnam. My western hero had always been General Douglas MacArthur who made the famous promise “I shall return”, after he lost a battle in the Philippines.