POLICIES & PRINCIPALS: Show of Purpose

The Saigon "incident" lit up an obscure and most important corner of the free world's struggle against Communism. In this corner lurked a dangerous fact: the Communists in many parts of the world had the ability to disrupt by violence U.S. efforts to help non-Communist governments and peoples. So far, the U.S. had been able to avoid (or evade) answering force with force. In the Berlin blockade it had flown over Communist force, in the Greek war it had armed and trained Greeks to meet it, and in China it had simply backed away from it.

At Saigon the Communists...