Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with George F. Muller
In addition to that, I don't think we would ever be able, not only in Vietnam but anywhere else, to maintain a corrupt government against the will of a substantial part of the population. That was also a factor in Vietnam. The corruption of the government, its inability to deal with the people.
Q: Your tour in Washington ended in 1968, you were transferred to Bangkok. How did that come about?
MULLER: As I mentioned, at one point I did say in my post preference report, that I would love to go to Bangkok. But it also happened that the Political/Military Counselor in Bangkok, Bob Foulon, was taken ill and our medical officer said that he should be transferred. Ambassador Unger put me on his list and Monty Spear was Country Director, so the assignment went through very quickly.
We arrived just in time to celebrate the King's birthday. My first official function was to go to his garden party and nothing could have been more beautiful than the palace roofs glistening in the setting sun and the orchestra playing the Merry Widow waltz. I had to keep in the background, though. The prescribed dress was white tie. I only had black with me. Thai protocol permitted me to come but I was told to stay in the background when Their Majesties passed by.
Q: I wouldn't give one here but in Bangkok I'm sure it was nice. You were the Political/Military Counselor there?
Q: Were you also what they called the Mission Coordinator?
MULLER: That was another job. At one point Bill Stokes had that job.
Q: I wondered if they were combined positions.