A US general, who commanded American military operations in the Vietnam War, devised a secret plan to use nuclear weapons at one point against Vietnam in 1968, according to recently declassified documents.
The top military commander, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, in Saigon activated a plan to move nuclear weapons to South Vietnam, but was overridden by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the documents show.
The documents, which reveal a long-secret set of preparations by the commander, show Westmoreland sought to have nuclear weapons at hand should the US forces find themselves on the verge of defeat at Khe Sanh, one of the fiercest battles of the war, The New York Times reported.
After receiving the approval of the American commander in the Pacific, Westmoreland put together a secret operation, code-named Fracture Jaw.
As part of the operation, nuclear weapons were to be moved into South Vietnam so that they could be employed on short…