Foreign Relations: While the Bullets Whiz

"I know some of you fellows think I get a little irritated at times," President Johnson told aides. "But it's always about the minor things. When the bullets start whizzing around my head, that's when I'm calmest."

Last week the President calmly but measurably stepped up the action in Viet Nam: he sent U.S. jets thundering across the 17th parallel, blasting North Viet Nam targets not on a tit-for-tat reprisal basis but in clear declaration of intent to continue striking north until Hanoi stops sending men and arms south. And at his order,...

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