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I would suggest that Prof. Rashoon refer her students to Frank Snepp's _Decent Interval_ and perhaps David Butler's _The Fall of Saigon_ among others. If we stick with the Titanic metaphor, what they are seeing in those evacuation scenes at the Saigon embassy are the moments of final panic as the ship's generator's fail and the waters have begun to cover the bow and the foreward decks of the ship. It might be said that the iceberg struck when President Thieu's March 20 announcement that South Vietnamese forces would withdraw from 2 provinces in the northwest and 9 provinces in the Central Highlands led to a panic in the ARVN and the rapid loss of most of the army's airborne and ranger troops. Even before that date elements in the US Embassy were arranging the departure of key Vietnamese and after that date, the embassy's "crew" continued to fill such lifeboats as were available at whatever rate they could sustain without the Saigon government or US authorities interfering. Unlike the Captain of _RMS Titanic_, the US Ambassador was subject to the direct orders of officials in Washington DC and Kissinger gave him direct orders on several occasions including the final order for him to personally depart the embassy. Washington was not going to allow any US official to be held by the North Vietnamese forces entering Saigon if it could be possibly avoided. It had already been through the negotiations over the freeing of the POWs and did not want to revisit that discussion. Robert A. Mosher >Ellen Rafshoon wrote "If the Titanic experience was replicated in 1975 in Vietnam, the students asked, wouldn't the U.S. ambassador, U.S. military and his staff have remained behind and risked all and done everything they could to have assisted South Vietnamese who were then in mortal danger? That isn't what happened, though, and it's pretty embarrassing to see tapes of those evacuation scenes at the Saigon embassy."