The War: The Pressures Mount

Before each acceleration of the U.S. military effort in Viet Nam over the past 30 months, Lyndon Johnson has painstakingly reviewed the progress of the war and the prospects for peace. Last week, dissatisfied with the conflict's grindingly slow pace, the President was in the midst of yet another reappraisal. The choice, as the White House sees it, is either to maintain pressure on the Communists at roughly the present level or increase the punishment significantly in the next few months.

Johnson does not consider present policy a failure. The Communists, after...

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