The Presidency: There Is No One Else


Last week unquestionably marked a turning point in U.S. policy toward the war in Viet Nam. President Johnson, after a week of deliberation with his topmost advisers, finally addressed the nation and the world. But so measured were his words and so balanced his pronouncements in favor of both stopping Communist aggression and seeking peace that it was hard to tell whether the immediate result would be a large U.S. military victory in Viet Nam or the appearance of U.S. negotiators at an armistice conference.

"What we want to do," Johnson had...

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