The War: The Power Akin to Freedom

More than any other great nation in history, the U.S. has remained deeply mistrustful of its might and reluctant to invoke it. For most Americans, Manifest Destiny died when the 20th cen- tury was born, and two world wars have only thrust it deeper in its grave. Nonetheless, the junior Senator from Arkansas last week professed to see the U.S. commitment to Viet Nam as a portent of the overweening conviction of righteousness that has typified most major powers in decline.

"The question that I find intriguing," said Senate Foreign Relations Committee...

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