Nation: No Exit

If they achieved no other goal, the Senate hearings confirmed President Johnson's belief that nothing short of a premature pullout from Viet Nam will pacify the pacifiers. The hard-core critics of his foreign policy, concluded a White House aide, "are insatiable. They will not accept the legal argument, the political argument, the moral argument or the military argument. They want out." And that, Lyndon Johnson maintains, is the one argument he will not buy at any price. Last week, more determinedly than ever, he said it again.

Realizing now perhaps that many Americans have been unsettled by the failure of his all-out...