Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The CIA in Cambodia

A book published last month by the University Press of Kansas has potential to open closed chapters about Cambodia between World War II and the end of the twentieth century, if the pre-publication messages are to be believed. Kenneth Conboy's 464-page The Cambodian Wars: Clashing Armies and CIA Covert Operations promises the first complete assessment of CIA ops in two key periods - during the Khmer Republic’s existence (1970-1975), in support of American military action in Vietnam, and during the Reagan and first Bush presidencies (1981-1991), when the CIA challenged Soviet expansion by supporting exiled royalists, Republicans, and even former Communists trying to expel the Vietnamese from their country. The book also offers fresh insights into the actions of key players during that period including Norodom Sihanouk and Lon Nol.

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