The War: Which Way?

The U.S. once again is on the threshold of fundamental and far-reaching decisions about the war in Viet Nam. The decisions have been deferred for the time being by the coming Manila conference, a fresh flurry of peace feelers and, not least, next month's congressional elections. Once Nov. 8 is past, President Johnson will not be able to delay much longer the need to determine how far and by what means—barring any realistic prospect of a negotiated peace —the U.S. is prepared to go to achieve a military victory.

A year and a half after the U.S. began bombing the...

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