The War: On Two Fronts

Donning a blue suit, dark tie and rimless glasses for his televised press conference last week, Lyndon Johnson projected an aura of somber calm. His remarks matched his manner. He presented a cool, dispassionate defense of his conduct of the Viet Nam war. He turned away critics with soft answers, explained once more his decision to continue bombing the North (see box next page). The President was confident but cautious. While he could "no longer see any possibility of military victory on the part of North Viet Nam," neither could he forecast...

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