Nation: Demand for a Voice

While President Johnson kept his own counsel on the issue of additional U.S. troops for Viet Nam, the Senate for the first time in months held an angry debate on the war. What troubled its members¬óincluding some longtime supporters of the Administration's policy¬ówas the fact that Johnson was preparing to act without so much as a by-your-leave from Congress. "I think it would be a mistake," declared Bobby Kennedy, "for the President to take a step towards escalation of the conflict without having the support and understanding of the Senate and of the American people." The chief issue, said Senate Foreign...

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