Definition of Vietnamization in US English:


(British Vietnamisation)


  • (in the Vietnam War) the US policy of withdrawing its troops and transferring the responsibility and direction of the war effort to the government of South Vietnam.

    • ‘To disrupt North Vietnam's offensive capabilities until Vietnamization could progress further, Nixon expanded the war into neutral Cambodia.’
    • ‘In Vietnam, Vietnamization was too late and ultimately too little.’
    • ‘It's just like when US president Nixon's ‘Vietnamisation’ programme tried to create a South Vietnamese army.’
    • ‘By the spring of 1970, the Nixon Administration's Vietnamization of the war was in full swing, and Laurence was troubled.’
    • ‘In 1968 Richard Nixon ran and won on a similar platform - Vietnamization - and got us out of Vietnam almost precisely by the end of his first presidential term.’
    • ‘In November of 1969, he announced a new policy called Vietnamization.’
    • ‘Its model is Vietnamization, coined in Holiday magazine in 1957 and popularized by former US defense secretary Melvin Laird in 1969.’
    • ‘It took years to realize that Vietnamization wasn't working.’
    • ‘He took steps to train and equip the South Vietnamese to handle the war in a process called Vietnamization.’
    • ‘He pursued a policy called ‘Vietnamisation’ whereby the South Vietnamese would be assisted in material matters by the Americans but the fighting would be done by the South Vietnamese Army.’