Foreign Relations: Attacks !n Retaliation

The price of war in Viet Nam went up sharply last weekend: in retaliation against Communist guerilla raids which killed eight Americans and wounded more than 100, President Johnson ordered joint U.S. and South Vietnamese jet aircraft attacks on barracks and staging areas in the southern part of North Viet Nam.

Tensions had been rising all week, set off in part by the President's hasty dispatch of his top White House foreign relations advisor, McGeorge Bundy, to Saigon. Bundy's trip inevitably stirred speculation that the U.S. might be planning to expand the Vietnamese war, or, since the Bundy mission coincided...

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