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The Kennedy administration was responsible for the overthrow of the Diem regime and Diems assasinationThe US did not have a problem with Diem the real problem was with Diems brother NhuNhu was responsible for many protests by Bhuddist monks where Mrs Nhu would call the monks who set themselves on fire in protest barbecues The Kennedy administration had a lot to do with the overthrow of the regime although they did not have much to do with Diems assasinationThe Kennedy administration was the main influence in overthrowing the Diem regimeThe State Department wanted to give Diem a chance to rid himself of Nhu and replace him with the best military and political personalities available Ambassador Lodge said that the possibility of Diem meeting are demands are virtually nil The only way to get rid of Nhu is to get rid of theentire Diem regime In a cablegram from Ambassador Lodge to Secretary Rusk Lodgesaid We are launched on a course from which there is no turning back the overthrow ofthe Diem government Lodge also stated that there is no turning back because the US ispublicly committed to the end of the Diem regime In a cablegram transmitted fromPresident Kennedy to Ambassador Lodge Kennedy said that the US should not activelyhelp the coup but be ready to make good relations with the group that overthrows theDiem regime In a later cablegram from the whitehouse they said that the US does notwish to leave an impression that they are opposed to a new regime When the US saysthis they are basically telling the coup that they are backing themBecause of the Kennedy administrations responsibility in the overthrow of the Diem regime it also leads to the eventual assasination of DiemThe US was not as involved with his assasination as they were with the overthrow of Diems regime Diem was told by Ambassador Lodge that if heresigned him and his brother would be allowed to leave the country
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