Nation: McNamara's Legacy

Since he moved into the Pentagon's E Ring two months ago, Defense Secretary Clark Clifford has spent most of his working hours learning the intricacies of his new job and supervising a broad review of the nation's Viet Nam effort. Last week, in his first public address since he joined the Cabinet, Clifford sounded sanguine enough. "We concluded," he told the annual Associated Press luncheon in Manhattan, "that the increased effectiveness of the South Vietnamese government and its fighting forces will now permit us to level off our effort—and in due time to begin the gradual process of reduction."

"America is not...