Essay: WHO RUNS THE WAR IN VIET NAM?

NEVER before has America been so puzzled about a war effort. In no other conflict, from the Revolution through the Mexican War to Korea, has the dichotomy of decision between military and political considerations been so painfully evident. American soldiers and civilians, politicians and public, find it increasingly difficult to accept the grindingly slow pace of the war, the continual second-guessing by critics and outsiders who argue that it should never have been undertaken in the first place, and that it is being badly prosecuted. Last week, with the broadening of the target...

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