The War: Quarrels Later

President Johnson twice last week sought to palliate the nation's deep disquiet over South Viet Nam's self-destroying drift toward anarchy. His first attempt unfortunately gave more rein to his own frustrations than solace to his listeners' fears.

In a Chicago speech before the faithful from the Cook County Democratic machine, he fired off a petulant homily that struck most observers as intemperate, ill-timed and self-serving. Instead of offering a rational discussion of the Administration's reaction to the desperate idiosyncrasies reflected in Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's latest political move (see THE WORLD),...

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