The War: Moving Forward

Despite President Marcos' pessimism over the "other war" in South Viet Nam, a report handed Lyndon Johnson last week noted that social and economic reforms in that country are "moving forward on a broad front." The 44-page assessment by Robert Komer, the President's special assistant for peaceful construction in Viet Nam, was described by Johnson as "impressive."

Komer estimates that about 55% of South Viet Nam's population has been brought under the government's wing, a "modest gain" of about 5% in the first eight months of 1966. Accentuating the positive, he notes a rapid increase to 28,539 workers in the...

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