Foreign Relations: Just a Minute


President Johnson recently recalled what the late Sam Rayburn once told him about making a decision. If the decision is big enough, Mr. Sam advised Lyndon, the thing to do is say, "Just a minute." Last week, in many foreign policy areas where Lyndon Johnson had wisely said, "Just a minute," the clock was racing faster than ever.

"Full Responsibility." In the Congo, where leftist-led rebels butchered at least 80 American and European men, women and children held hostage behind their lines, the U.S. provided a dozen C-130 Hercules transports to...

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