I just read online that David Halberstam just died from a car accident in San Francisco. I read his book "The Making of a Quagmire", about the hamlet resettlement program in Vietnam during the JFK administration, for a college class I was taking. The foreign policy at the time was to move the farmers into fortified compounds so they may fight the Communists. The book pointed out a failed policy and brought to light, so to say, the US Government's efforts to conceal the truth. It described the efforts of the US Government to sway farmers to its side during the JFK administration.