The Administration: To Have a Part in It

The most critical U.S. embassy post anywhere in the world today is Saigon—diplomatic frontier not only for the war in Viet Nam but for the longer-range struggle between the U.S. and Communist China. Last week the Saigon job went to a man who knows by first-hand experience just how difficult and demanding it is: named to succeed Ambassador Maxwell Taylor, retiring at 63, was Taylor's own predecessor, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., 63.

Taylor's leave-taking was no surprise. He reminded President Johnson in his letter asking for retirement that he had accepted the Saigon...

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