The War: Strictly Business

Unlike the full-dress Viet Nam conferences that preceded it, this week's meeting on remote Guam was wreathed in an aura of almost spartan austerity. Absent were Honolulu's air of Sybaritic somnolence and Manila's mood of gaudy gaiety. Guam is strictly business—and the business is to accelerate the military and political progress in Viet Nam.

In selecting Guam as the site for his latest strategy session, Lyndon Johnson hoped to symbolize the fact that America is a Pacific nation in all senses of the word. Guam is not only the home of the B-52 bombers that daily hammer the Viet Cong;...

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