Nation: Going It Alone

A quarter-spin around the globe from NATO's Europe lies another deferred problem. Viet Nam is not an area in which the U.S. must either deal with allies or depend on them. If there is to be a solution in Viet Nam, the U.S. must pretty much go it alone.

Emerging from his Texas talk with President Johnson last week, Defense Secretary McNamara purported to see some light on the horizon. "At last," he said, "we have a civilian government, a government that gives some indication of being able to develop a consensus among the hard groups in the nation and move the...