Essay: ON PATIENCE AS AN AMERICAN VIRTUE

THE war in Viet Nam is teaching the U.S. many things, among them a lesson in patience. Limited but growing American involvement, beginning with President Kennedy's increase in military advisers in 1961, has already lasted longer than U.S. participation in World Wars I and II. Yet the prospect is that any solution, military or political, is still some years off. "Patience is the one virtue the Communists have in greater abundance than the non-Communists," said President Johnson at the Hawaii conference. "We are going to have to show them that we have learned...

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