THROUGHOUT the course of the U.S. buildup in Viet Nam that now totals 350,000 men, there has been remarkably little disagreement between the American command in Saigon and Commander in Chief Lyndon Johnson and his officials in Washington. One excellent reason for this is that all along Johnson has promised General William Westmoreland that whatever manpower reinforcements the general needed in the field, he would get. So far, the promise has been fulfilled: some 200,000 men will have disembarked in South Viet Nam in 1966 alone, bringing the year-end total of American troop strength in the field to 385,000.

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